Agency Information Collection Extension With Changes, 1247-1249 [2018-00258]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 10, 2018 / Notices Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Samuel J. Barish, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); U.S. Department of Energy; Office of Science; 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903–2917. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice on a continuing basis to the Director, Office of Science of the Department of Energy, on the many complex scientific and technical issues that arise in the development and implementation of the fusion energy sciences program. Tentative Agenda Items: • DOE/SC Perspective • FES Perspective • Approval of the FESAC Report on Transformative Enabling Capabilities • New Business • New Charge on the Committee of Visitors • Update on the National Academies Study of U.S. Burning Plasma Research • Public Comment • Adjourn daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Note: Remote attendance of the FESAC meeting will be possible via Zoom. Instructions will be posted on the FESAC website (http://science.energy.gov/fes/fesac/ meetings/) prior to the meeting and can also be obtained by contacting Dr. Barish by email at: sam.barish@science.doe.gov or by phone at (301) 903–2917. Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you would like to make an oral statement regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact Dr. Barish at 301–903–1233 (fax) or sam.barish@science.doe.gov (email). Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements during the Public Comments time on the agenda. The Chairperson of the Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Public comment will follow the 10-minute rule. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available for public review and copying within 30 days on the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee website—http://science.energy.gov/fes/ fesac/. Issued at Washington, DC, on January 4, 2018. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–00246 Filed 1–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:23 Jan 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board, Savannah River Site Department of Energy. Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Savannah River Site. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: Monday, January 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, January 23, 2018; 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: Beach House Hotel, 1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head, SC 29928. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Clizbe, Office of External Affairs, Department of Energy, Savannah River Operations Office, P.O. Box A, Aiken, SC 29802; Phone: (803) 952–8281. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Board: The purpose of the Board is to make recommendations to DOE–EM and site management in the areas of environmental restoration, waste management, and related activities. Tentative Agenda Monday, January 22, 2018 Opening, Chair Update, and Agenda Review Agency Updates Break Administrative & Outreach Committee Update Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation Committee Update Nuclear Materials Committee Update Strategic & Legacy Management Committee Update Waste Management Committee Update Draft Recommendation Discussion Public Comments Recess Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Reconvene Agenda Review Presentations: • Savannah River Ecology Laboratory • Status of Liquid Waste Operations Lunch Break Presentations: • Status of Nuclear Materials Operations • Integrated Priority List Break Topics for Consideration: • Facilities Disposition & Site PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1247 Remediation • Nuclear Materials • Strategic & Legacy Management • Waste Management Public Comments Voting: • Committee Chair Election • Close Recommendation • Draft Recommendation Adjourn Public Participation: The EM SSAB, Savannah River Site, welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Susan Clizbe at least seven days in advance of the meeting at the phone number listed above. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Individuals who wish to make oral statements pertaining to agenda items should contact Susan Clizbe’s office at the address or telephone listed above. Requests must be received five days prior to the meeting and reasonable provision will be made to include the presentation in the agenda. The Deputy Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Individuals wishing to make public comments will be provided a maximum of five minutes to present their comments. Minutes: Minutes will be available by writing or calling Susan Clizbe at the address or phone number listed above. Minutes will also be available at the following website: http://cab.srs.gov/ srs-cab.html. Issued at Washington, DC, on December 27, 2017. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–00277 Filed 1–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY U.S. Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Extension With Changes U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: EIA has submitted an information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension under the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 1248 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 10, 2018 / Notices provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection requests a three-year extension of its Form OE–417 Electric Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report, OMB Control Number 1901–0288. The form collects information on electric emergency incidents and disturbances for DOE’s use in fulfilling its overall national security and National Response Framework and other energy management responsibilities. DATES: Comments regarding this information collection must be received on or before February 9, 2018. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, please advise the DOE Desk Officer at OMB of your intention to make a submission as soon as possible. The Desk Officer may be telephoned at 202–395–1254. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to the DOE Desk Officer: James Tyree, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 9249, 735 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, james.n.tyree@omb.eop.gov. And to Matthew Tarduogno, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, Fax: 202–586–2623, Email: OE417@hq.doe.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Matthew Tarduogno, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, phone: 202–586–2892, or email it to matthew.tardugono@ hq.doe.gov. Form OE–417 and its instructions are available on the internet at https://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/ oe417.aspx. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No. 1901–0288; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Electric Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report. (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension with changes; (4) Purpose: The U.S Department of Energy uses Form OE–417, Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report, to monitor emergencies and incidents that affect U.S. electric power systems, including events such as the power outages caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Nate and Maria during the 2017 Hurricane Season. The information gathered allows DOE to conduct postincident reviews examining significant VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:23 Jan 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 interruptions, or potential interruptions, of electric power or threats to the national electric system. Form OE–417 enables DOE to meet the Department’s national security responsibilities and requirements as the lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) #12—Energy under the National Response Framework and the SectorSpecific Agency for energy under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21 and PPD 41. The information may also be shared with other non-regulatory federal agencies assisting in emergency response and recovery operations, or investigating the causes of an incident or disturbance to the national electric system. Public summaries are posted to the Form OE–417 website on a monthly basis to keep the public informed. (4a) Changes to Information Collection: 1. The main change to Form OE–417 is to incorporate questions that are or will be included in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) EOP–004 Reliability Standard Event Reporting Form. With the changes to Form OE–417 if a respondent elects to have the form submitted to NERC, the entity does not need to file an EOP–004 Event Reporting Form. Form OE–417 will now collect the same information as EOP–004. By incorporating the same information, and aligning language across these two forms, entities will only be required to submit Form OE– 417. This will reduce the reporting burden for the electric power industry. Additional changes to Form OE–417 clarify and improve the flow of questions. 2. The instructions include a note that ‘‘NERC has determined that, for U.S. NERC reporting entities, the revised Form OE–417 meets NERC’s submittal requirements’’ (i.e. Form EOP–004). 3. Reintroduced Email submissions; however, online submissions will remain the preferred method. Rewording of descriptions describing the criteria and timing for when a report should be filed. 4. Named the three categories of submission: Emergency Alert; Normal Report; System Report to provide better clarity and easy reference under ‘‘Criteria for Filing’’. 5. Aligned alert criteria 5 and 6 with EOP–004 Reliability Standard terminology 6. Under ‘‘Criteria for Filing’’ section: 12 new data elements are added to collect the additional information that NERC collects or will collect on under the EOP–004 Reliability Standard. The additional questions are in a new category of submission called ‘‘System Report’’ and include: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Damage or destruction of a Facility within its Reliability Coordinator Area, Balancing Authority Area or Transmission Operator Area that results in action(s) to avoid a Bulk Electric System Emergency; • Damage or destruction of its Facility that results from actual or suspected intentional human action; • Physical threat to its Facility excluding weather or natural disaster related threats, which has the potential to degrade the normal operation of the Facility. Or suspicious device or activity at its Facility; • Physical threat to its Bulk Electric System control center, excluding weather or natural disaster related threats, which has the potential to degrade the normal operation of the control center. OR suspicious device or activity at its Bulk Electric System control center; • Bulk Electric System Emergency resulting in voltage deviation on a Facility; a voltage deviation of equal to or greater than 10% of nominal voltage sustained for greater than or equal to 15 continuous minutes; • Uncontrolled loss of 200 Megawatts or more of firm system loads for 15 minutes or more from a single incident for entities with previous year’s peak demand less than or equal to 3,000 Megawatts; • Total generation loss, within one minute of: greater than or equal to 2,000 Megawatts in the Eastern or Western Interconnection or greater than or equal to 1,400 Megawatts in the ERCOT Interconnection; • Complete loss of off-site power (LOOP) affecting a nuclear generating station per the Nuclear Plant Interface Requirements; • Unexpected Transmission loss within its area, contrary to design, of three or more Bulk Electric System Facilities caused by a common disturbance (excluding successful automatic reclosing); • Unplanned evacuation from its Bulk Electric System control center facility for 30 continuous minutes or more; • Complete loss of Interpersonal Communication and Alternative Interpersonal Communication capability affecting its staffed Bulk Electric System control center for 30 continuous minutes or more; • Complete loss of monitoring or control capability at its staffed Bulk Electric System control center for 30 continuous minutes or more. 7. Line numbers 1 through 20 were relabeled as letters A through T to prevent confusion between line numbers and alert criteria. E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 10, 2018 / Notices 8. An Alert status category ‘‘system report,’’ was added which shall be filed by the later of 24 hours after the recognition of the incident OR by the end of the next business day. This change aligns with the EOP–004 Reliability Standard. 4:00 p.m. local time will be definition for the end of the business day. 9. The Electric Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report section, lines J, K, L were reorganized into ‘‘Cause, Impact, and Action Taken’’ for clarity and ease of use and additional items were added to align with NERC’s EOP– 004 Reliability Standard. 10. The burden per response for completing Form OE–417 is reduced from 2.16 hours to 1.8 hours based on findings from the results from cognitive research conducted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. 11. The form and instructions were updated to specify maintaining the continuity of the ‘‘Bulk Electric System’’ versus ‘‘the electric power system’’ in the ‘‘Criteria for Filing’’ section Line 8. This change is based on a comment provided during the 60-day comment period. 12. The words ‘‘lines 13–17’’ were replaced with ‘‘lines M–Q’’ under the ‘‘Response Due’’ section, to match updated line labels on the form. This change is based on a comment provided during the 60-day comment period. 13. A section was added to allow respondents to select whether the information provided in the Form is submitted to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and/or the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E–ISAC). 14. EIA amended its data protection policy for information reported on Schedule 2 of Form OE–417. Currently this information is protected from public release to the extent that it satisfies the criteria for exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, the DOE regulations, 10 CFR 1004.11 implementing FOIA, and the Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. 1905. EIA will use the Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) regulations as set forth by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to implement the requirements of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. 114–94, pursuant to section 215A(d) of the Federal Power Act, as amended, to protect information reported on Schedule 2 in addition to continuing to apply FOIA exemptions and using the Trade Secrets Act. This change strengthens DOE’s ability to protect information reported on Schedule 2 of Form OE–417 and provides additional authority for DOE to VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:23 Jan 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 withhold company identifiable information from public release. 15. The new data protection provision for Form OE–417 is as follows: • The information reported on Schedule 1 will be considered ‘‘public information’’ and may be publicly released in company or individually identifiable form. • Information reported on Schedule 2 of Form OE–417 will not be disclosed to the public to the extent that it satisfies the criteria for exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, the DOE regulations, 10 CFR 1004.11, implementing the FOIA, the Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. 1905 and Critical Energy Infrastructure Information regulations as defined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pursuant to section 215A(d) of the Federal Power Act, as amended. In accordance with the Federal Energy Administration Act, DOE provides company-specific protected data to other Federal agencies when requested for official use. The information reported on this form may also be made available, upon request, to another component of DOE; to any Committee of Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or other Federal agencies authorized by law to receive such information. A court of competent jurisdiction may obtain this information in response to an order. The information may be used for any non-statistical purposes such as administrative, regulatory, law enforcement, or adjudicatory purposes. (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,395. (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 300. (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 5,315. (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $391,503. Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93–275, codified as 15 U.S.C. 772(b) and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95–91, codified at 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. In addition, 15 U.S.C. 772(b); 764(a); 764(b); and 790a, of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (FEA Act), Pub. L. 93–275, as well as the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2601, Pub. L. 93–275.) Issued in Washington, DC, on January 3, 2018. L. Devon Streit, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, U. S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2018–00258 Filed 1–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1249 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY U.S. Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Extension With Changes U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: EIA submitted an information collection request for extension as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection requests a three-year extension of its ‘‘Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery’’ under OMB Control No. 1905–0210. This generic clearance enables EIA to collect customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with our commitment to ensure that our programs are effective, meet our customers’ needs, and receive feedback on improving service delivery to the public. SUMMARY: EIA must receive all comments on this proposed information collection no later than February 9, 2018. If you anticipate any difficulties in submitting your comments by the deadline, contact the DOE Desk Officer at 202–395–4718. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to: James Tyree, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 9249, 735 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, james.n.tyree@omb.eop.gov and to Jacob Bournazian, U.S. Energy Information Administration, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, EI–21, Washington, DC 20585, Email jacob.bournazian@eia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions, send your request to Jacob Bournazian, U.S. Energy Information Administration, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, phone: 202– 586–5562, or email it to jacob.bournazian@eia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains (1) OMB Number: 1905–0210. (2) Information Collection Request Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery. (3) Type of Request: Renewal with changes; Purpose: The proposed information collection activity provides DATES: E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

U.S. Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Extension With Changes

AGENCY: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department 
of Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EIA has submitted an information collection request to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension under the

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provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information 
collection requests a three-year extension of its Form OE-417 Electric 
Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report, OMB Control Number 1901-
0288. The form collects information on electric emergency incidents and 
disturbances for DOE's use in fulfilling its overall national security 
and National Response Framework and other energy management 
responsibilities.

DATES: Comments regarding this information collection must be received 
on or before February 9, 2018. If you anticipate that you will be 
submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period 
of time allowed by this notice, please advise the DOE Desk Officer at 
OMB of your intention to make a submission as soon as possible. The 
Desk Officer may be telephoned at 202-395-1254.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to the DOE Desk Officer: 
James Tyree, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of 
Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 9249, 735 
17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, [email protected].
    And to Matthew Tarduogno, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, Fax: 202-586-2623, Email: 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Matthew Tarduogno, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, phone: 202-586-2892, or 
email it to [email protected]. Form OE-417 and its 
instructions are available on the internet at https://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/oe417.aspx.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request 
contains:
    (1) OMB No. 1901-0288;
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Electric Emergency 
Incident and Disturbance Report.
    (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension with changes;
    (4) Purpose: The U.S Department of Energy uses Form OE-417, 
Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report, to monitor emergencies and 
incidents that affect U.S. electric power systems, including events 
such as the power outages caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Nate and 
Maria during the 2017 Hurricane Season. The information gathered allows 
DOE to conduct post-incident reviews examining significant 
interruptions, or potential interruptions, of electric power or threats 
to the national electric system. Form OE-417 enables DOE to meet the 
Department's national security responsibilities and requirements as the 
lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) #12--Energy under the 
National Response Framework and the Sector-Specific Agency for energy 
under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21 and PPD 41. The 
information may also be shared with other non-regulatory federal 
agencies assisting in emergency response and recovery operations, or 
investigating the causes of an incident or disturbance to the national 
electric system. Public summaries are posted to the Form OE-417 website 
on a monthly basis to keep the public informed.
    (4a) Changes to Information Collection:
    1. The main change to Form OE-417 is to incorporate questions that 
are or will be included in the North American Electric Reliability 
Corporation (NERC) EOP-004 Reliability Standard Event Reporting Form. 
With the changes to Form OE-417 if a respondent elects to have the form 
submitted to NERC, the entity does not need to file an EOP-004 Event 
Reporting Form. Form OE-417 will now collect the same information as 
EOP-004. By incorporating the same information, and aligning language 
across these two forms, entities will only be required to submit Form 
OE-417. This will reduce the reporting burden for the electric power 
industry. Additional changes to Form OE-417 clarify and improve the 
flow of questions.
    2. The instructions include a note that ``NERC has determined that, 
for U.S. NERC reporting entities, the revised Form OE-417 meets NERC's 
submittal requirements'' (i.e. Form EOP-004).
    3. Reintroduced Email submissions; however, online submissions will 
remain the preferred method. Rewording of descriptions describing the 
criteria and timing for when a report should be filed.
    4. Named the three categories of submission: Emergency Alert; 
Normal Report; System Report to provide better clarity and easy 
reference under ``Criteria for Filing''.
    5. Aligned alert criteria 5 and 6 with EOP-004 Reliability Standard 
terminology
    6. Under ``Criteria for Filing'' section: 12 new data elements are 
added to collect the additional information that NERC collects or will 
collect on under the EOP-004 Reliability Standard. The additional 
questions are in a new category of submission called ``System Report'' 
and include:
     Damage or destruction of a Facility within its Reliability 
Coordinator Area, Balancing Authority Area or Transmission Operator 
Area that results in action(s) to avoid a Bulk Electric System 
Emergency;
     Damage or destruction of its Facility that results from 
actual or suspected intentional human action;
     Physical threat to its Facility excluding weather or 
natural disaster related threats, which has the potential to degrade 
the normal operation of the Facility. Or suspicious device or activity 
at its Facility;
     Physical threat to its Bulk Electric System control 
center, excluding weather or natural disaster related threats, which 
has the potential to degrade the normal operation of the control 
center. OR suspicious device or activity at its Bulk Electric System 
control center;
     Bulk Electric System Emergency resulting in voltage 
deviation on a Facility; a voltage deviation of equal to or greater 
than 10% of nominal voltage sustained for greater than or equal to 15 
continuous minutes;
     Uncontrolled loss of 200 Megawatts or more of firm system 
loads for 15 minutes or more from a single incident for entities with 
previous year's peak demand less than or equal to 3,000 Megawatts;
     Total generation loss, within one minute of: greater than 
or equal to 2,000 Megawatts in the Eastern or Western Interconnection 
or greater than or equal to 1,400 Megawatts in the ERCOT 
Interconnection;
     Complete loss of off-site power (LOOP) affecting a nuclear 
generating station per the Nuclear Plant Interface Requirements;
     Unexpected Transmission loss within its area, contrary to 
design, of three or more Bulk Electric System Facilities caused by a 
common disturbance (excluding successful automatic reclosing);
     Unplanned evacuation from its Bulk Electric System control 
center facility for 30 continuous minutes or more;
     Complete loss of Interpersonal Communication and 
Alternative Interpersonal Communication capability affecting its 
staffed Bulk Electric System control center for 30 continuous minutes 
or more;
     Complete loss of monitoring or control capability at its 
staffed Bulk Electric System control center for 30 continuous minutes 
or more.
    7. Line numbers 1 through 20 were relabeled as letters A through T 
to prevent confusion between line numbers and alert criteria.

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    8. An Alert status category ``system report,'' was added which 
shall be filed by the later of 24 hours after the recognition of the 
incident OR by the end of the next business day. This change aligns 
with the EOP-004 Reliability Standard. 4:00 p.m. local time will be 
definition for the end of the business day.
    9. The Electric Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report section, 
lines J, K, L were reorganized into ``Cause, Impact, and Action Taken'' 
for clarity and ease of use and additional items were added to align 
with NERC's EOP-004 Reliability Standard.
    10. The burden per response for completing Form OE-417 is reduced 
from 2.16 hours to 1.8 hours based on findings from the results from 
cognitive research conducted by the U.S. Energy Information 
Administration.
    11. The form and instructions were updated to specify maintaining 
the continuity of the ``Bulk Electric System'' versus ``the electric 
power system'' in the ``Criteria for Filing'' section Line 8. This 
change is based on a comment provided during the 60-day comment period.
    12. The words ``lines 13-17'' were replaced with ``lines M-Q'' 
under the ``Response Due'' section, to match updated line labels on the 
form. This change is based on a comment provided during the 60-day 
comment period.
    13. A section was added to allow respondents to select whether the 
information provided in the Form is submitted to the North American 
Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and/or the Electricity 
Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC).
    14. EIA amended its data protection policy for information reported 
on Schedule 2 of Form OE-417. Currently this information is protected 
from public release to the extent that it satisfies the criteria for 
exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, 
the DOE regulations, 10 CFR 1004.11 implementing FOIA, and the Trade 
Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. 1905. EIA will use the Critical Energy 
Infrastructure Information (CEII) regulations as set forth by the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to implement the 
requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, 
Pub. L. 114-94, pursuant to section 215A(d) of the Federal Power Act, 
as amended, to protect information reported on Schedule 2 in addition 
to continuing to apply FOIA exemptions and using the Trade Secrets Act. 
This change strengthens DOE's ability to protect information reported 
on Schedule 2 of Form OE-417 and provides additional authority for DOE 
to withhold company identifiable information from public release.
    15. The new data protection provision for Form OE-417 is as 
follows:
     The information reported on Schedule 1 will be considered 
``public information'' and may be publicly released in company or 
individually identifiable form.
     Information reported on Schedule 2 of Form OE-417 will not 
be disclosed to the public to the extent that it satisfies the criteria 
for exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 
552, the DOE regulations, 10 CFR 1004.11, implementing the FOIA, the 
Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. 1905 and Critical Energy Infrastructure 
Information regulations as defined by the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission pursuant to section 215A(d) of the Federal Power Act, as 
amended.
    In accordance with the Federal Energy Administration Act, DOE 
provides company-specific protected data to other Federal agencies when 
requested for official use. The information reported on this form may 
also be made available, upon request, to another component of DOE; to 
any Committee of Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 
or other Federal agencies authorized by law to receive such 
information. A court of competent jurisdiction may obtain this 
information in response to an order. The information may be used for 
any non-statistical purposes such as administrative, regulatory, law 
enforcement, or adjudicatory purposes.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,395.
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 300.
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 5,315.
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: 
$391,503.

    Statutory Authority:  Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy 
Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-275, codified as 15 U.S.C. 
772(b) and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95-91, codified 
at 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. In addition, 15 U.S.C. 772(b); 764(a); 
764(b); and 790a, of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 
(FEA Act), Pub. L. 93-275, as well as the Public Utility Regulatory 
Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2601, Pub. L. 93-275.)

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 3, 2018.
L. Devon Streit,
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Security and Energy 
Restoration, Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, U. S. 
Department of Energy.
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