Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Limited Access Death Master File Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms, 81740-81741 [2016-27707]

Download as PDF 81740 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices status’’ pursuant to Section 1110.502 of the final rule. The Firewalled Status Application Form collects information that NTIS will use to evaluate whether the respondent qualifies for ‘‘firewalled status’’ under the rule, and, therefore, can provide a written attestation in lieu of an independent ACAB’s attestation. This information includes specific requirements of Section 1110.502(b) of the final rule, which the respondent ACAB must certify are satisfied, and the provision of specific information by the respondent ACAB, such as the identity of the Person or Certified Person that would be the subject of the attestation and the basis upon which the certifications were made. Affected Public: ACABs seeking firewalled status under 15 CFR 1110.502 because they are ‘‘owned, managed or controlled’’ by the Person or Certified Person for whom they are providing assessment(s) and/or audit(s) under the final rule for ‘‘Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File.’’ Frequency: Once per attestation. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Sheleen Dumas, PRA Departmental Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Technical Information Service Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Limited Access Death Master File Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 This notice informs the public that the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is requesting approval of a new information collection described in Section II for use in connection with the final rule for the ‘‘Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File.’’ The final rule was published on June 1, 2016 (81 FR 34882), with the rule to become effective on November 28, 2016. The new information collection described in Section II, if approved, will become effective on the effective date of the final rule. Title of Information Collection BILLING CODE 3510–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 I. Abstract II. Method of Collection [FR Doc. 2016–27822 Filed 11–17–16; 8:45 am] SUMMARY: purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 17, 2017. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to John W. Hounsell, Business and Industry Specialist, Office of Product and Program Management, National Technical Information Service, Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, email: jhounsell@ntis.gov or telephone: 703–605–6184. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (A) ‘‘Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) Accredited Conformity Assessment Body Systems Safeguards Attestation Form’’ (ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form) (B) ‘‘Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) State or Local Government Auditor General (AG) or Inspector General (IG) Systems Safeguards Attestation Form’’ (AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form) Description of the need for the information and the proposed use: NTIS issued a final rule establishing a program through which persons may become eligible to obtain access to Death Master File (DMF) information about an individual within three years of that individual’s death. The final rule was promulgated under Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, Public Law 113–67 (Act). The Act prohibits the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) from disclosing DMF PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information during the three-year period following an individual’s death (Limited Access DMF), unless the person requesting the information has been certified to access the Limited Access DMF pursuant to certain criteria in a program that the Secretary establishes. The Secretary delegated the authority to carry out Section 203 to the Director of NTIS. On December 30, 2014, NTIS initially described a ‘‘Limited Access Death Master File Systems Safeguards Attestation Form’’ in the notice of proposed rulemaking (79 FR 78314 at 78321). To accommodate the requirements of the final rule, NTIS is using both the ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form and the AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form. The ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form requires an ‘‘Accredited Conformity Assessment Body’’ (ACAB), as defined in the final rule, to attest that a Person seeking certification or a Certified Person seeking renewal of certification has information security systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the security of the Limited Access DMF, as required under Section 1110.102(a)(2) of the final rule. The ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form collects information based on an assessment by the ACAB conducted within three years prior to the date of the Person or Certified Person’s submission of a completed certification statement under Section 1110.101(a) of the final rule. This collection includes specific requirements of the final rule, which the ACAB must certify are satisfied, and the provision of specific information by the ACAB, such as the date of the assessment and the auditing standard(s) used for the assessment. Section 1110.501(a)(2) of the final rule provides that a state or local government office of AG or IG and a Person or Certified Person that is a department or agency of the same state or local government, respectively, are not considered to be owned by a common ‘‘parent’’ entity under Section 1110.501(a)(1)(ii) for the purpose of determining independence, and attestation by the AG or IG is possible. The AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form is for the use of a state or local government AG or IG to attest on behalf of a state or local government department or agency Person or Certified Person. The AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form requires the state or local government AG or IG to attest that a Person seeking certification or a Certified Person seeking renewal of certification has E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices information security systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the security of the Limited Access DMF, as required under Section 1110.102(a)(2) of the final rule. The AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form collects information based on an assessment by the state or local government AG or IG conducted within three years prior to the date of the Person or Certified Person’s submission of a completed certification statement under Section 1110.101(a) of the final rule. This collection includes specific requirements of the final rule, which the state or local government AG or IG must certify are satisfied, and the provision of specific information by the state or local government AG or IG, such as the date of the assessment. III. Data OMB Control Number: [0692–XXXX]. Form Number(s): NTIS FM100A and NTIS FM100B. Type of Review: New information collection. Affected Public: Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies and state or local government Auditors General or Inspectors General attesting that a Person seeking certification or a Certified Person seeking renewal of certification under the final rule for the ‘‘Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File’’ has information security systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the security of the Limited Access DMF, as required by the final rule. Estimated Number of Respondents ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive approximately 500 ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms from Persons and Certified Persons annually. AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive approximately 60 AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms from Persons and Certified Persons annually. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Estimated Time per Response ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 3 hours. AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 3 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1680. ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 1500 (500 × 3 hours = 1500 hours). AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 180 (60 × 3 hours = 180 hours). VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive approximately 500 ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms annually at a fee of $525 per form, for a total cost of $262,500. This total annual cost reflects the cost to the Federal Government for the ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms, which consists of the expenses associated with NTIS personnel reviewing and processing these forms. NTIS estimates that it will take an ACAB’s senior auditor three hours to complete the form at a rate of approximately $135 per hour, for a total additional cost to the public of $202,500 (1500 burden hours × $135/hour = $202,500). NTIS estimates the total annual cost to the public for the ACAB Systems Safeguards forms to be $465,000 ($262,500 in fees + $202,500 in staff time = $465,000). AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive approximately 60 AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms annually at a fee of $525 per form, for a total cost of $31,500. This total annual cost reflects the cost to the Federal Government for the AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms, which consists of the expenses associated with NTIS personnel reviewing and processing these forms. NTIS estimates that it will take an AG or IG senior auditor three hours to complete the form at a rate of approximately $100 per hour, for a total additional cost to the public of $18,000 (180 burden hours × $100/hour = $18,000). NTIS estimates the total annual cost to the public for AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms to be $49,500 ($31,500 in fees + $18,000 in staff time = $49,500). NTIS estimates the total annual cost to the public for both the ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms and the AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms to be $514,500 ($465,000 for ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms + $49,500 for AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 81741 clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, PRA Departmental Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–27707 Filed 11–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No.: PTO–P–2016–0046] Request for Comments and Notice of Public Meeting on a Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Currently Being Negotiated at The Hague Conference on Private International Law United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: The Hague Conference on Private International Law (‘‘The Hague Conference’’), an international organization in the Netherlands, is sponsoring negotiations for a convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in civil and commercial matters. In February 2016, the Council on General Affairs and Policy of The Hague Conference created a Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (‘‘the Special Commission’’) to prepare a preliminary draft text of the convention, which is subject to a formal diplomatic negotiation open to member States of The Hague Conference. At its first session in June 2016, the Special Commission produced a Preliminary Draft Convention that contains general and specific provisions that would apply to the recognition and enforcement of judgments arising from transnational intellectual property disputes. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 223 (Friday, November 18, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 81740-81741]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-27707]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Technical Information Service


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Limited Access 
Death Master File Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms

AGENCY: National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The purpose of this notice is to allow 
for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 17, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to John W. Hounsell, Business and Industry Specialist, 
Office of Product and Program Management, National Technical 
Information Service, Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, 
Alexandria, VA 22312, email: jhounsell@ntis.gov or telephone: 703-605-
6184.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This notice informs the public that the National Technical 
Information Service (NTIS) is requesting approval of a new information 
collection described in Section II for use in connection with the final 
rule for the ``Certification Program for Access to the Death Master 
File.'' The final rule was published on June 1, 2016 (81 FR 34882), 
with the rule to become effective on November 28, 2016. The new 
information collection described in Section II, if approved, will 
become effective on the effective date of the final rule.

II. Method of Collection

Title of Information Collection

(A) ``Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) Accredited Conformity 
Assessment Body Systems Safeguards Attestation Form'' (ACAB Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Form)
(B) ``Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) State or Local 
Government Auditor General (AG) or Inspector General (IG) Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Form'' (AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation 
Form)

    Description of the need for the information and the proposed use: 
NTIS issued a final rule establishing a program through which persons 
may become eligible to obtain access to Death Master File (DMF) 
information about an individual within three years of that individual's 
death. The final rule was promulgated under Section 203 of the 
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, Public Law 113-67 (Act). The Act 
prohibits the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) from disclosing DMF 
information during the three-year period following an individual's 
death (Limited Access DMF), unless the person requesting the 
information has been certified to access the Limited Access DMF 
pursuant to certain criteria in a program that the Secretary 
establishes. The Secretary delegated the authority to carry out Section 
203 to the Director of NTIS.
    On December 30, 2014, NTIS initially described a ``Limited Access 
Death Master File Systems Safeguards Attestation Form'' in the notice 
of proposed rulemaking (79 FR 78314 at 78321). To accommodate the 
requirements of the final rule, NTIS is using both the ACAB Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Form and the AG or IG Systems Safeguards 
Attestation Form.
    The ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form requires an 
``Accredited Conformity Assessment Body'' (ACAB), as defined in the 
final rule, to attest that a Person seeking certification or a 
Certified Person seeking renewal of certification has information 
security systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the 
security of the Limited Access DMF, as required under Section 
1110.102(a)(2) of the final rule. The ACAB Systems Safeguards 
Attestation Form collects information based on an assessment by the 
ACAB conducted within three years prior to the date of the Person or 
Certified Person's submission of a completed certification statement 
under Section 1110.101(a) of the final rule. This collection includes 
specific requirements of the final rule, which the ACAB must certify 
are satisfied, and the provision of specific information by the ACAB, 
such as the date of the assessment and the auditing standard(s) used 
for the assessment.
    Section 1110.501(a)(2) of the final rule provides that a state or 
local government office of AG or IG and a Person or Certified Person 
that is a department or agency of the same state or local government, 
respectively, are not considered to be owned by a common ``parent'' 
entity under Section 1110.501(a)(1)(ii) for the purpose of determining 
independence, and attestation by the AG or IG is possible. The AG or IG 
Systems Safeguards Attestation Form is for the use of a state or local 
government AG or IG to attest on behalf of a state or local government 
department or agency Person or Certified Person. The AG or IG Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Form requires the state or local government AG 
or IG to attest that a Person seeking certification or a Certified 
Person seeking renewal of certification has

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information security systems, facilities and procedures in place to 
protect the security of the Limited Access DMF, as required under 
Section 1110.102(a)(2) of the final rule. The AG or IG Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Form collects information based on an assessment 
by the state or local government AG or IG conducted within three years 
prior to the date of the Person or Certified Person's submission of a 
completed certification statement under Section 1110.101(a) of the 
final rule. This collection includes specific requirements of the final 
rule, which the state or local government AG or IG must certify are 
satisfied, and the provision of specific information by the state or 
local government AG or IG, such as the date of the assessment.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: [0692-XXXX].
    Form Number(s): NTIS FM100A and NTIS FM100B.
    Type of Review: New information collection.
    Affected Public: Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies and state 
or local government Auditors General or Inspectors General attesting 
that a Person seeking certification or a Certified Person seeking 
renewal of certification under the final rule for the ``Certification 
Program for Access to the Death Master File'' has information security 
systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the security of 
the Limited Access DMF, as required by the final rule.

Estimated Number of Respondents

    ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive 
approximately 500 ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms from 
Persons and Certified Persons annually.
    AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to 
receive approximately 60 AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms 
from Persons and Certified Persons annually.

Estimated Time per Response

    ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 3 hours.
    AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 3 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1680.
    ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 1500 (500 x 3 hours = 
1500 hours).
    AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 180 (60 x 3 hours = 
180 hours).

Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public

    ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive 
approximately 500 ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms annually at 
a fee of $525 per form, for a total cost of $262,500. This total annual 
cost reflects the cost to the Federal Government for the ACAB Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Forms, which consists of the expenses associated 
with NTIS personnel reviewing and processing these forms. NTIS 
estimates that it will take an ACAB's senior auditor three hours to 
complete the form at a rate of approximately $135 per hour, for a total 
additional cost to the public of $202,500 (1500 burden hours x $135/
hour = $202,500). NTIS estimates the total annual cost to the public 
for the ACAB Systems Safeguards forms to be $465,000 ($262,500 in fees 
+ $202,500 in staff time = $465,000).
    AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to 
receive approximately 60 AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms 
annually at a fee of $525 per form, for a total cost of $31,500. This 
total annual cost reflects the cost to the Federal Government for the 
AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms, which consists of the 
expenses associated with NTIS personnel reviewing and processing these 
forms. NTIS estimates that it will take an AG or IG senior auditor 
three hours to complete the form at a rate of approximately $100 per 
hour, for a total additional cost to the public of $18,000 (180 burden 
hours x $100/hour = $18,000). NTIS estimates the total annual cost to 
the public for AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms to be 
$49,500 ($31,500 in fees + $18,000 in staff time = $49,500).
    NTIS estimates the total annual cost to the public for both the 
ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms and the AG or IG Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Forms to be $514,500 ($465,000 for ACAB Systems 
Safeguards Attestation Forms + $49,500 for AG or IG Systems Safeguards 
Attestation Forms.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

Sheleen Dumas,
PRA Departmental Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-27707 Filed 11-17-16; 8:45 am]
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