Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review: Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers, 14312-14313 [2018-06725]

Download as PDF 14312 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 3, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1320.8(d), title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice identifies a new information collect request that PHMSA will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This information collection will be contained in 49 CFR 171.6 of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171– 180). PHMSA will revise burden estimates, where appropriate, to reflect current reporting levels or adjustments based on changes in proposed or final rules published once the information collection is approved. The following information is provided for this information collection: (1) Title of the information collection; (2) summary of the information collection activity; (3) description of affected public; (4) estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden; and (5) frequency of collection. PHMSA will request a 3-year approval for this information collection activity and will publish a notice in the Federal Register upon OMB’s approval. PHMSA requests comments on the following information collection: Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery. Abstract: The information collection activity will garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Department’s commitment to improving service delivery. Qualitative feedback is information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insight into customer or stakeholder perceptions, opinions, experiences and expectations, as well as an early warning of issues with service or focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative, and actionable communications between PHMSA and customers and stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. Feedback or information collected under this generic clearance will provide useful information, but it will not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. The Department will submit a collection for approval under this VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Apr 02, 2018 Jkt 244001 generic clearance if it meets the following conditions: • The collections are voluntary. • The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden-hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents and the Federal Government. • The collections are noncontroversial and do not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies. • Any collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions from respondents who have experience with the program or may have experience with the program in the near future. • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is not retained. • Information gathered is intended to be used only internally for general service improvement and program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of the Department (if released, the Department must indicate the qualitative nature of the information). This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs that address: The target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior to fielding the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results. Type of Review: New. Affected Public: Individuals and households, businesses and organizations, State, Local or Tribal Governments. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,000. Estimated Annual Responses: 6,000. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 3,000 hours. Frequency of Collection: One-time requirement. PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issued in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2018. William S. Schoonover, Associate Administrator of Hazard Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. [FR Doc. 2018–06685 Filed 4–2–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–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, 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 collection of information was published on January 23, 2018 (83 FR 3256). There were three comments received. One from (c c) commenting on how wind turbines kill bats and the overall value of bats. One from (s s) commenting on the need for regulations on imported goods and trade violations. One from (v v) commenting the need to expand tariffs on rare earth elements in countries that exploit child labor. As none of the filed comments pertain to large certificated air carrier financial data and the need for such, the Department will not address these specific comments in this particular forum. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by May 3, 2018. 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, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03APN1.SGM 03APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 3, 2018 / Notices 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: 60. Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours per schedule, an average carrier may submit 90 schedules in one year. Total Annual Burden: 13,910 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. amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Apr 02, 2018 Jkt 244001 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. 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 March 27, 2018. William Chadwick, Jr., Director, Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. [FR Doc. 2018–06725 Filed 4–2–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Agency Information Collection Requirements; Information Collection Renewal; Comment Request; Release of Non-Public Information Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14313 and respondent burden, invites the general public and other federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing information collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). In accordance with the requirements of the PRA, the OCC may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning the renewal of its information collection titled, ‘‘Release of Non-Public Information.’’ DATES: You should submit written comments by June 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: Because paper mail in the Washington, DC area and at the OCC is subject to delay, commenters are encouraged to submit comments by email, if possible. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: prainfo@occ.treas.gov. • Mail: Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Attention: 1557–0200, 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E–218, Washington, DC 20219. • Hand Delivery/Courier: 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E–218, Washington, DC 20219. • Fax: (571) 465–4326. Instructions: You must include ‘‘OCC’’ as the agency name and ‘‘1557– 0200’’ in your comment. In general, the OCC will publish them on www.reginfo.gov without change, including any business or personal information that you provide, such as name and address information, email addresses, or phone numbers. Comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Do not include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. You may review comments and other related materials that pertain to this information collection beginning on the date of publication of the second notice for this collection 1 by any of the following methods: • Viewing Comments Electronically: Go to www.reginfo.gov. Click on the ‘‘Information Collection Review’’ tab. Underneath the ‘‘Currently under Review’’ section heading, from the dropdown menu, select ‘‘Department of 1 Following the close of the 60-Day comment period for this notice, the OCC will publish a notice for 30 days of comment for this collection. E:\FR\FM\03APN1.SGM 03APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 64 (Tuesday, April 3, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14312-14313]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-06725]


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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, 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 collection of information was 
published on January 23, 2018 (83 FR 3256). There were three comments 
received. One from (c c) commenting on how wind turbines kill bats and 
the overall value of bats. One from (s s) commenting on the need for 
regulations on imported goods and trade violations. One from (v v) 
commenting the need to expand tariffs on rare earth elements in 
countries that exploit child labor. As none of the filed comments 
pertain to large certificated air carrier financial data and the need 
for such, the Department will not address these specific comments in 
this particular forum.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by May 3, 2018.

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 [email protected].
    Comments: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street NW,

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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: 60.
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours per schedule, an average 
carrier may submit 90 schedules in one year.
    Total Annual Burden: 13,910 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.

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 March 27, 2018.
William Chadwick, Jr.,
Director, Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation 
Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2018-06725 Filed 4-2-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-9X-P