Commercial Truck Single-Crossing User Fee Automation and Prepayment Pilot, 26573-26575 [2016-10348]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (3) Fax: 202–395–6566. To ensure your comments are received in a timely manner, mark the fax, attention Desk Officer for the Coast Guard. A copy of the ICR is 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: Contact Mr. Anthony Smith, Office of Information Management, telephone 202–475–3532, or fax 202–372–8405, for questions on these documents. 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. 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In particular, the Coast Guard would appreciate comments addressing: (1) The practical utility of the Collection; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden of the Collection; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of information subject to the Collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the Collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. These comments will help OIRA determine whether to approve the ICR referred to in this Notice. We encourage you to respond to this request by submitting comments and related materials. Comments to Coast Guard or OIRA must contain the OMB Control Number of the ICR. They must also contain the docket number of this request, [USCG–2015–0757], and must be received by June 2, 2016. Submitting Comments We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. 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Respondents: Owners, operators, or masters of vessels. Frequency: On occasion. Hour Burden Estimate: The estimated burden has increased from 2,738 hours to 73,900 hours a year due to an increase in the estimated annual number of responses of the initial one year burden for the Ship-to-Ship Operations Plan. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: April 26, 2016. Thomas P. Michelli, U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–10311 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commercial Truck Single-Crossing User Fee Automation and Prepayment Pilot U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to conduct a pilot test program pursuant to its authority under 19 CFR 101.9(a) to allow a new payment option for commercial truck singlecrossing user fees. The CBP regulations specify the applicable user fee for commercial trucks upon arrival into the United States and the methods of payment, which include payment on an SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1 26574 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices annual basis or on a per crossing basis. Although commercial truck carriers can electronically prepay the user fees on an annual basis, carriers who opt for the single-crossing user fee must pay the fee upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry. This pilot will enable the owner, agent, or person in charge of a commercial truck to prepay the single-crossing user fee online prior to arrival at a port of entry. This notice describes the pilot, its purpose, how it will be implemented, the duration of the pilot, and invites public comment on any aspect of the pilot. This pilot will not affect the annual commercial truck user fee payment option. DATES: The pilot will begin at the Buffalo, Detroit and El Paso ports of entry starting on June 2, 2016. If it is determined that the pilot is working successfully at these initial ports, the pilot would be expanded to all U.S. land border ports of entry that process commercial trucks. The exact date of the expansion to all U.S. land border ports of entry would be announced on the CBP Web site, http://www.cbp.gov. The pilot will run for approximately one year. Comments concerning this notice and all aspects of the pilot may be submitted at any time during the pilot period. ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning any aspect of the pilot should be submitted to James Pattan, Program Manager, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, via email at James.Pattan@dhs.gov. In the subject line of your email, please indicate ‘‘Comment on Commercial Truck Single-Crossing User Fee Pilot’’. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Pattan, Program Manager, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, by telephone at (202) 344–2293 or by email at James.Pattan@dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Commercial Truck User Fees CBP collects user fees to pay for the costs incurred in providing customs services. These user fees offset inspection costs that were previously funded solely by general taxpayer revenue. Pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), § 13031, Public Law 99– 272, 110 Stat. 82 (1986), codified at 19 U.S.C. 58c, CBP shall charge and collect certain processing fees for air and sea passengers, commercial trucks, rail cars, private vessels, dutiable mail packages, and Customs broker permits. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 Sections 24.22(b)–(e) and (g) of the CBP implementing regulations (19 CFR 24.22(b)–(e) and (g)) provide that, under certain circumstances, user fees must be paid upon arrival into the United States of certain commercial vessels, barges, and other bulk carriers from Canada or Mexico; commercial trucks; railroad cars; certain private vessels or private aircraft; and passengers aboard commercial vessels and commercial aircraft. Section 24.22(c) sets forth the regulations pertaining to the user fees for commercial trucks upon arrival into the United States. The total commercial truck user fee consists of an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/ Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (APHIS/AQI) fee collected on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a CBP fee.1 CBP collects the APHIS/AQI user fee and the CBP user fee together as one commercial truck user fee. Current Payment Options Section 24.22(c) provides commercial truck carriers with two alternatives to pay the required user fee. The commercial truck carrier may either prepay the fee for all arrivals of that truck during a calendar year (annual commercial truck user fee) 2 or pay a per crossing fee each time the truck enters the United States (single-crossing user fee). The owner, agent, or person in charge of the commercial truck can prepay the annual commercial truck user fee online through the Internet portal, ‘‘Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS)’’,3 or by mail.4 After the annual user fee is paid, a transponder is issued, which is affixed to the vehicle’s windshield to reflect the prepayment. Carriers that have not prepaid the annual commercial truck user fee are required to pay a per crossing fee each time the truck enters the United States. The user fee is collected when the truck arrives at the U.S. port of entry. The driver or other person in charge of the commercial truck is required to pay the user fee during primary processing or 1 The APHIS/AQI fee collected on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized by 21 U.S.C. 136a. The APHIS/AQI fee amount is set forth in Section 354.3 of title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR 354.3). 2 For user fee collection purposes, a ‘‘transponder’’ is a plastic card which contains a chip that electronically transmits confirmation that applicable user fees for commercial trucks have been paid for the calendar year. 3 The DTOPS portal allows CBP to process user fee prepayment requests and accept electronic payments. 4 CBP Form 339C (Annual User Fee Decal Request—Commercial Vehicle). PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 during referral to the administrative office.5 Payment may be by cash or credit card. Commercial Truck Single-Crossing User Fee Automation and Prepayment Pilot Purpose of the Pilot The purpose of the pilot is to streamline the payment of the commercial truck single-crossing user fees by introducing a new payment option. Specifically, CBP is working towards the elimination of cash and credit card collections of the commercial truck single-crossing user fee during commercial truck primary processing by automating and allowing prepayment of the fee. This will provide benefits to both CBP and to commercial truck carriers. Cash and credit card collection at the port of entry is a manual, burdensome, and time-consuming process. The automation and prepayment option for the single-crossing user fee will reduce wait times, improve primary processing, save costs to truck carriers associated with idling time (such as gas and lost driving hours), and alleviate CBP officers of the administrative functions pertaining to the collection, accounting and transmittal of user fee collections. Description and Implementation of the Pilot Currently, when a commercial truck arrives at a U.S. port of entry and the annual user fee has not been prepaid, the driver or other person in charge of the truck pays the single-crossing user fee upon arrival. This pilot provides an additional payment option that will allow the owner, agent, or person in charge of a commercial truck to prepay the single-crossing user fee online via the DTOPS portal prior to the truck arriving at a U.S. port of entry.6 This pilot will allow the owner, agent, or person in charge of a commercial truck to access the DTOPS portal via a desktop computer (https:// dtops.cbp.dhs.gov/) or a smartphone app to pay the required single-crossing user fee before arriving at the U.S. port of entry. After accessing the DTOPS portal, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be registered and the required user fee paid by credit card for each truck that will transit the U.S. border. After payment is accepted, DTOPS will provide an electronic 5 The method of payment for the commercial truck single-crossing user fee is currently dependent on the logistics of the particular U.S. port of entry. 6 The prepayment of the annual commercial truck user fee is already automated via the DTOPS portal. E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1 26575 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices receipt that may be printed. When the commercial truck arrives at primary processing, the CBP officer will check the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system to ensure that the user fee was prepaid. If the user fee was not prepaid, the driver or other person in charge of the truck will be required to pay the fee at the port of entry using cash or a credit card. Duration of the Pilot The pilot will begin at the Buffalo, Detroit and El Paso land ports of entry starting on June 2, 2016. If it is determined that the pilot is working successfully at these initial ports, the pilot would be expanded to all U.S. land border ports of entry that process commercial trucks. The exact date of the expansion to all U.S. land border ports of entry would be announced on the CBP Web site, http://www.cbp.gov. The pilot will run for approximately one year. Any owner, agent, or person in charge of a commercial truck can participate in the pilot. No application is needed to participate in the pilot. When sufficient pilot analysis has been conducted, and the comments analyzed, CBP will then consider whether to begin rulemaking to add the single-crossing commercial truck user fee prepayment option to 19 CFR 24.22(c). Privacy CBP will ensure that all Privacy Act requirements and applicable policies are adhered to during the implementation of this pilot. Paperwork Reduction Act 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 control number assigned by OMB. The collections of information in this notice will be submitted for OMB approval 1651–0052 (User Fees). Authorization for the Pilot For technical information on the methodology used to develop FMRs or a listing of all FMRs, please call the HUD USER information line at 800– 245–2691 or access the information on the HUD USER Web site: http:// www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/ fmr.html. FMRs are listed at the 40th or 50th percentile in Schedule B. For informational purposes, 40th percentile recent-mover rents for the areas with 50th percentile FMRs will be provided in the HUD FY 2016 FMR documentation system at http:// www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/fmr/ fmrs/docsys.html?data=fmr16 and 50th percentile rents for all FMR areas are published http://www.huduser.gov/ portal/datasets/50per.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This pilot adds a payment option for commercial truck single-crossing user fees in addition to the payment method specified in 19 CFR 24.22(c). It is being conducted in accordance with § 101.9(a) of the CBP regulations (19 CFR 101.9(a)), which authorizes the Commissioner to impose requirements different from those specified in the CBP regulations for the purposes of conducting a test program or procedure designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new technology or operational procedures regarding the processing of passengers, vessels, or merchandise. Dated: April 28, 2016. R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner. [FR Doc. 2016–10348 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5885–N–05] Final Fair Market Rents for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program Fiscal Year 2016; Revised Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, HUD. ACTION: Notice of Final Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), update. AGENCY: Today’s notice updates the FY 2016 FMRs for Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), based on a survey of rents conducted in February, 2016, by the area public housing agencies (PHAs). The FY 2016 FMRs for these areas reflect the estimated 40th percentile rent levels trended to April 1, 2016. DATES: Effective Date: The FMRs published in this notice are effective on May 3, 2016. SUMMARY: Questions related to use of FMRs or voucher payment standards should be directed to the respective local HUD program staff. Questions on how to conduct FMR surveys or concerning further methodological explanations may be addressed to Marie L. Lihn or Peter B. Kahn, Economic and Market Analysis Division, Office of Economic Affairs, Office of Policy Development and Research, telephone 202–402–2409. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. (Other than the HUD USER information line and TDD numbers, telephone numbers are not toll-free.) The FMRs appearing in the following table supersede the values found in Schedule B that became effective on December 11, 2015, and were printed in the December 11, 2015 (80 FR 77124) Federal Register (available from HUD at: http:// www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/ fmr.html). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FMRs for the affected area are revised as follows: FMR by number of bedrooms in unit 2016 Fair market rent area 0 BR asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Burlington-South Burlington, VT MSA ..................................................... 1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR 868 1038 1356 1796 1988 Dated: April 19, 2016. Katherine M. O’Regan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research. [FR Doc. 2016–10333 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 85 (Tuesday, May 3, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26573-26575]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Commercial Truck Single-Crossing User Fee Automation and 
Prepayment Pilot

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) intends to conduct a pilot test program pursuant to 
its authority under 19 CFR 101.9(a) to allow a new payment option for 
commercial truck single-crossing user fees. The CBP regulations specify 
the applicable user fee for commercial trucks upon arrival into the 
United States and the methods of payment, which include payment on an

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annual basis or on a per crossing basis. Although commercial truck 
carriers can electronically prepay the user fees on an annual basis, 
carriers who opt for the single-crossing user fee must pay the fee upon 
arrival at a U.S. port of entry. This pilot will enable the owner, 
agent, or person in charge of a commercial truck to prepay the single-
crossing user fee online prior to arrival at a port of entry. This 
notice describes the pilot, its purpose, how it will be implemented, 
the duration of the pilot, and invites public comment on any aspect of 
the pilot. This pilot will not affect the annual commercial truck user 
fee payment option.

DATES: The pilot will begin at the Buffalo, Detroit and El Paso ports 
of entry starting on June 2, 2016. If it is determined that the pilot 
is working successfully at these initial ports, the pilot would be 
expanded to all U.S. land border ports of entry that process commercial 
trucks. The exact date of the expansion to all U.S. land border ports 
of entry would be announced on the CBP Web site, http://www.cbp.gov. 
The pilot will run for approximately one year. Comments concerning this 
notice and all aspects of the pilot may be submitted at any time during 
the pilot period.

ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning any aspect of the pilot should 
be submitted to James Pattan, Program Manager, Office of Field 
Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, via email at 
James.Pattan@dhs.gov. In the subject line of your email, please 
indicate ``Comment on Commercial Truck Single-Crossing User Fee 
Pilot''.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Pattan, Program Manager, Office 
of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, by telephone 
at (202) 344-2293 or by email at James.Pattan@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

Commercial Truck User Fees

    CBP collects user fees to pay for the costs incurred in providing 
customs services. These user fees offset inspection costs that were 
previously funded solely by general taxpayer revenue. Pursuant to the 
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), Sec.  
13031, Public Law 99-272, 110 Stat. 82 (1986), codified at 19 U.S.C. 
58c, CBP shall charge and collect certain processing fees for air and 
sea passengers, commercial trucks, rail cars, private vessels, dutiable 
mail packages, and Customs broker permits.
    Sections 24.22(b)-(e) and (g) of the CBP implementing regulations 
(19 CFR 24.22(b)-(e) and (g)) provide that, under certain 
circumstances, user fees must be paid upon arrival into the United 
States of certain commercial vessels, barges, and other bulk carriers 
from Canada or Mexico; commercial trucks; railroad cars; certain 
private vessels or private aircraft; and passengers aboard commercial 
vessels and commercial aircraft.
    Section 24.22(c) sets forth the regulations pertaining to the user 
fees for commercial trucks upon arrival into the United States. The 
total commercial truck user fee consists of an Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service/Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (APHIS/AQI) fee 
collected on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a CBP 
fee.\1\ CBP collects the APHIS/AQI user fee and the CBP user fee 
together as one commercial truck user fee.
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    \1\ The APHIS/AQI fee collected on behalf of the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture is authorized by 21 U.S.C. 136a. The APHIS/AQI fee 
amount is set forth in Section 354.3 of title 7 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (7 CFR 354.3).
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Current Payment Options

    Section 24.22(c) provides commercial truck carriers with two 
alternatives to pay the required user fee. The commercial truck carrier 
may either prepay the fee for all arrivals of that truck during a 
calendar year (annual commercial truck user fee) \2\ or pay a per 
crossing fee each time the truck enters the United States (single-
crossing user fee).
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    \2\ For user fee collection purposes, a ``transponder'' is a 
plastic card which contains a chip that electronically transmits 
confirmation that applicable user fees for commercial trucks have 
been paid for the calendar year.
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    The owner, agent, or person in charge of the commercial truck can 
prepay the annual commercial truck user fee online through the Internet 
portal, ``Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS)'',\3\ 
or by mail.\4\ After the annual user fee is paid, a transponder is 
issued, which is affixed to the vehicle's windshield to reflect the 
prepayment.
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    \3\ The DTOPS portal allows CBP to process user fee prepayment 
requests and accept electronic payments.
    \4\ CBP Form 339C (Annual User Fee Decal Request--Commercial 
Vehicle).
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    Carriers that have not prepaid the annual commercial truck user fee 
are required to pay a per crossing fee each time the truck enters the 
United States. The user fee is collected when the truck arrives at the 
U.S. port of entry. The driver or other person in charge of the 
commercial truck is required to pay the user fee during primary 
processing or during referral to the administrative office.\5\ Payment 
may be by cash or credit card.
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    \5\ The method of payment for the commercial truck single-
crossing user fee is currently dependent on the logistics of the 
particular U.S. port of entry.
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Commercial Truck Single-Crossing User Fee Automation and Prepayment 
Pilot

Purpose of the Pilot

    The purpose of the pilot is to streamline the payment of the 
commercial truck single-crossing user fees by introducing a new payment 
option. Specifically, CBP is working towards the elimination of cash 
and credit card collections of the commercial truck single-crossing 
user fee during commercial truck primary processing by automating and 
allowing prepayment of the fee.
    This will provide benefits to both CBP and to commercial truck 
carriers. Cash and credit card collection at the port of entry is a 
manual, burdensome, and time-consuming process. The automation and 
prepayment option for the single-crossing user fee will reduce wait 
times, improve primary processing, save costs to truck carriers 
associated with idling time (such as gas and lost driving hours), and 
alleviate CBP officers of the administrative functions pertaining to 
the collection, accounting and transmittal of user fee collections.

Description and Implementation of the Pilot

    Currently, when a commercial truck arrives at a U.S. port of entry 
and the annual user fee has not been prepaid, the driver or other 
person in charge of the truck pays the single-crossing user fee upon 
arrival. This pilot provides an additional payment option that will 
allow the owner, agent, or person in charge of a commercial truck to 
prepay the single-crossing user fee online via the DTOPS portal prior 
to the truck arriving at a U.S. port of entry.\6\ This pilot will allow 
the owner, agent, or person in charge of a commercial truck to access 
the DTOPS portal via a desktop computer (https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov/) or 
a smartphone app to pay the required single-crossing user fee before 
arriving at the U.S. port of entry. After accessing the DTOPS portal, 
the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be registered and the 
required user fee paid by credit card for each truck that will transit 
the U.S. border. After payment is accepted, DTOPS will provide an 
electronic

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receipt that may be printed. When the commercial truck arrives at 
primary processing, the CBP officer will check the Automated Commercial 
Environment (ACE) system to ensure that the user fee was prepaid. If 
the user fee was not prepaid, the driver or other person in charge of 
the truck will be required to pay the fee at the port of entry using 
cash or a credit card.
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    \6\ The prepayment of the annual commercial truck user fee is 
already automated via the DTOPS portal.
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Duration of the Pilot

    The pilot will begin at the Buffalo, Detroit and El Paso land ports 
of entry starting on June 2, 2016. If it is determined that the pilot 
is working successfully at these initial ports, the pilot would be 
expanded to all U.S. land border ports of entry that process commercial 
trucks. The exact date of the expansion to all U.S. land border ports 
of entry would be announced on the CBP Web site, http://www.cbp.gov. 
The pilot will run for approximately one year. Any owner, agent, or 
person in charge of a commercial truck can participate in the pilot. No 
application is needed to participate in the pilot. When sufficient 
pilot analysis has been conducted, and the comments analyzed, CBP will 
then consider whether to begin rulemaking to add the single-crossing 
commercial truck user fee prepayment option to 19 CFR 24.22(c).

Privacy

    CBP will ensure that all Privacy Act requirements and applicable 
policies are adhered to during the implementation of this pilot.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    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 
control number assigned by OMB. The collections of information in this 
notice will be submitted for OMB approval 1651-0052 (User Fees).

Authorization for the Pilot

    This pilot adds a payment option for commercial truck single-
crossing user fees in addition to the payment method specified in 19 
CFR 24.22(c). It is being conducted in accordance with Sec.  101.9(a) 
of the CBP regulations (19 CFR 101.9(a)), which authorizes the 
Commissioner to impose requirements different from those specified in 
the CBP regulations for the purposes of conducting a test program or 
procedure designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new technology or 
operational procedures regarding the processing of passengers, vessels, 
or merchandise.

    Dated: April 28, 2016.
R. Gil Kerlikowske,
Commissioner.
[FR Doc. 2016-10348 Filed 5-2-16; 8:45 am]
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