Intent To Request Extension From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Security Threat Assessment for Individuals Applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License, 14485-14486 [2018-06868]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 4, 2018 / Notices Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deneal Fisher-McGowans, (202) 306– 1168, Deneal.Fisher-McGowans@ hq.dhs.gov. The information collection activity will garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide 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 the Agency and its customers and stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. Feedback collected under this generic clearance will provide useful information, but it will not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. 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 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. This is an extension of a currently approved collection, 1601–0014. OMB amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 03, 2018 Jkt 244001 is particularly interested in comments which: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Analysis Agency: The Department of Homeland Security. Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery. OMB Number: 1601–0014. Frequency: One per Request. Affected Public: Individuals and Households, Businesses and Organizations, State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 215,100. Estimated Time per Respondent: 10 minutes. Total Burden Hours: 34,732 Hours. Dated: March 26, 2018. Melissa Bruce, Executive Director, Enterprise Business Management Office. [FR Doc. 2018–06791 Filed 4–3–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–9B–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Transportation Security Administration [Docket No. TSA–2003–14610] Intent To Request Extension From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Security Threat Assessment for Individuals Applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver’s License Transportation Security Administration, DHS. ACTION: 60-Day notice. AGENCY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites public SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14485 comment on one currently approved Information Collection Request (ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652–0027, abstracted below that we will submit to OMB for extension in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The collection involves applicant’s voluntary submission of biometric and biographic information for TSA’s security threat assessment (STA) in order to obtain the hazardous materials endorsement (HME) on a commercial drivers license (CDL) issued by States and the District of Columbia. DATES: Send your comments by June 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: Comments may be emailed to TSAPRA@dhs.gov or delivered to the TSA PRA Officer, Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA–11, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598–6011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina A. Walsh at the above address, or by telephone (571) 227–2062. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), 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 OMB control number. The ICR documentation will be available at http://www.reginfo.gov upon its submission to OMB. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following information collection, TSA is inviting comments to— (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consistent with the requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, and E.O. 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, TSA is also requesting comments on the extent to E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 14486 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 4, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES which this request for information could be modified to reduce the burden on respondents. Information Collection Requirement OMB Control Number 1652–0027; Security Threat Assessment for Individuals Applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver’s License, 49 CFR part 1572. TSA is requesting an extension of the currently approved ICR. The currently approved ICR supports implementation of 49 U.S.C. 5103a,1 which mandates that no State or the District of Columbia may issue a HME on a CDL unless TSA has first determined that the driver is not a threat to transportation security. TSA’s implementing regulations (codified at 49 CFR part 1572) describe the procedures, standards, and eligibility criteria for STAs on individuals seeking to obtain, renew, or transfer a HME on a CDL. To conduct the STA for the HME, States (or a TSAdesignated agent in States that elect to have TSA perform the collection of information) must collect additional information beyond that already collected for the purpose of HME applications (which occur approximately once every five years). The driver is required to submit an application that includes personal biographic information (driver’s legal name, current and previous mailing addresses, date of birth, gender, height, weight, eye and hair color, city/state/ country of birth, social security number (optional)); information concerning immigration status, mental incapacity; criminal history; and biometrics such as fingerprints. States or the TSA agent must also submit whether the driver is a new applicant or applying to renew or transfer the HME. This information is necessary for TSA to forecast driver retention, transfer rate, and drop rate to help improve customer service, and reduce program costs. It is also necessary to provide comparability with other Federal background checks, including the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC). In addition, the ICR includes the collection of information to expand enrollment options and the potential use of biographic and biometric (e.g., fingerprints, iris scans, and/or photo) information for additional comparability determinations. An example of a comparable determination could be 1 Which codified sec. 1012 of Public Law 107–56 (115 Stat. 272, 396, Oct. 26, 2001), Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 03, 2018 Jkt 244001 allowing the HME applicant to participate in a program such as the TSA Pre✓® Application Program, TSA’s trusted traveler program for air travelers, without requiring an additional background check. This type of comparability determination is currently allowed in tandem with the (TWIC). States have the option to allow for HME STA comparability with the TWIC STA, and applicants in States that allow comparability pay a reduced fee to obtain an HME STA if they already hold a TWIC. When the STA is complete, TSA makes a final determination on eligibility for the HME and notifies applicants of its decision. Most applicants will receive notification from TSA within two to three weeks of the submission of their completed applications. If initially deemed ineligible by TSA, applicants will have an opportunity to apply for an appeal or waiver. Applicants must submit an application for appeal or waiver within 60 days of issuance of TSA’s letter. If an application for appeal or waiver is not received by TSA within the specified amount of time, the agency may make a final determination to deny eligibility. Individuals who TSA determines are ineligible for the HME Threat Assessment Program (HTAP) will be ineligible to hold a state-issued HME on their CDL. The currently approved ICR also includes an optional survey to gather information regarding the driver’s overall customer satisfaction with the service received at the enrollment center utilized by the TSA agent states. The optional survey will be administered at the end of the in-person enrollment service. Please note that the optional survey is only provided for drivers who enroll with a State serviced by TSA’s designated enrollment contractor. TSA estimates an annualized 229,743 respondents will apply for an HME, and that the application and background check process will involve 443,698 annualized hours. TSA estimates that of the 229,743 annualized respondents, 38,923 HME applicants will respond to the customer survey with annualized burden hours of 1,622. The applicant fee remains $86.50, which covers TSA’s program costs, TSA’s enrollment vendor’s costs, and the FBI fee for the criminal history records check. For applicants in States that allow comparability, the reduced fee remains $67.00. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: March 29, 2018. Christina A. Walsh, TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology. [FR Doc. 2018–06868 Filed 4–3–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–05–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [OMB Control Number 1615–0014] Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension, Without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection: Affidavit of Support U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 60-day notice. AGENCY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed extension of a currently approved collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e. the time, effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the actual information collection instruments. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until June 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 1615–0014 in the body of the letter, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS– 2006–0072. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following methods to submit comments: (1) Online. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal website at http://www.regulations.gov under eDocket ID number USCIS–2006–0072; (2) Mail. Submit written comments to DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529–2140. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Samantha Deshommes, Chief, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529–2140, telephone SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 65 (Wednesday, April 4, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Transportation Security Administration

[Docket No. TSA-2003-14610]


Intent To Request Extension From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Security Threat Assessment for Individuals 
Applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial 
Driver's License

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 60-Day notice.

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SUMMARY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites 
public comment on one currently approved Information Collection Request 
(ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-0027, 
abstracted below that we will submit to OMB for extension in compliance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes the nature of 
the information collection and its expected burden. The collection 
involves applicant's voluntary submission of biometric and biographic 
information for TSA's security threat assessment (STA) in order to 
obtain the hazardous materials endorsement (HME) on a commercial 
drivers license (CDL) issued by States and the District of Columbia.

DATES: Send your comments by June 4, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to 
the TSA PRA Officer, Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA-11, 
Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina A. Walsh at the above 
address, or by telephone (571) 227-2062.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.), 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 OMB control number. The ICR documentation will be 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov upon its submission to OMB. 
Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following 
information collection, TSA is inviting comments to--
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.
    Consistent with the requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13771, 
Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, and E.O. 13777, 
Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, TSA is also requesting comments 
on the extent to

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which this request for information could be modified to reduce the 
burden on respondents.

Information Collection Requirement

    OMB Control Number 1652-0027; Security Threat Assessment for 
Individuals Applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a 
Commercial Driver's License, 49 CFR part 1572. TSA is requesting an 
extension of the currently approved ICR. The currently approved ICR 
supports implementation of 49 U.S.C. 5103a,\1\ which mandates that no 
State or the District of Columbia may issue a HME on a CDL unless TSA 
has first determined that the driver is not a threat to transportation 
security.
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    \1\ Which codified sec. 1012 of Public Law 107-56 (115 Stat. 
272, 396, Oct. 26, 2001), Uniting and Strengthening America by 
Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct 
Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001.
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    TSA's implementing regulations (codified at 49 CFR part 1572) 
describe the procedures, standards, and eligibility criteria for STAs 
on individuals seeking to obtain, renew, or transfer a HME on a CDL. To 
conduct the STA for the HME, States (or a TSA-designated agent in 
States that elect to have TSA perform the collection of information) 
must collect additional information beyond that already collected for 
the purpose of HME applications (which occur approximately once every 
five years). The driver is required to submit an application that 
includes personal biographic information (driver's legal name, current 
and previous mailing addresses, date of birth, gender, height, weight, 
eye and hair color, city/state/country of birth, social security number 
(optional)); information concerning immigration status, mental 
incapacity; criminal history; and biometrics such as fingerprints.
    States or the TSA agent must also submit whether the driver is a 
new applicant or applying to renew or transfer the HME. This 
information is necessary for TSA to forecast driver retention, transfer 
rate, and drop rate to help improve customer service, and reduce 
program costs. It is also necessary to provide comparability with other 
Federal background checks, including the Transportation Workers 
Identification Credential (TWIC).
    In addition, the ICR includes the collection of information to 
expand enrollment options and the potential use of biographic and 
biometric (e.g., fingerprints, iris scans, and/or photo) information 
for additional comparability determinations. An example of a comparable 
determination could be allowing the HME applicant to participate in a 
program such as the TSA Pre[check][supreg] Application Program, TSA's 
trusted traveler program for air travelers, without requiring an 
additional background check. This type of comparability determination 
is currently allowed in tandem with the (TWIC). States have the option 
to allow for HME STA comparability with the TWIC STA, and applicants in 
States that allow comparability pay a reduced fee to obtain an HME STA 
if they already hold a TWIC.
    When the STA is complete, TSA makes a final determination on 
eligibility for the HME and notifies applicants of its decision. Most 
applicants will receive notification from TSA within two to three weeks 
of the submission of their completed applications. If initially deemed 
ineligible by TSA, applicants will have an opportunity to apply for an 
appeal or waiver. Applicants must submit an application for appeal or 
waiver within 60 days of issuance of TSA's letter. If an application 
for appeal or waiver is not received by TSA within the specified amount 
of time, the agency may make a final determination to deny eligibility. 
Individuals who TSA determines are ineligible for the HME Threat 
Assessment Program (HTAP) will be ineligible to hold a state-issued HME 
on their CDL.
    The currently approved ICR also includes an optional survey to 
gather information regarding the driver's overall customer satisfaction 
with the service received at the enrollment center utilized by the TSA 
agent states. The optional survey will be administered at the end of 
the in-person enrollment service. Please note that the optional survey 
is only provided for drivers who enroll with a State serviced by TSA's 
designated enrollment contractor.
    TSA estimates an annualized 229,743 respondents will apply for an 
HME, and that the application and background check process will involve 
443,698 annualized hours. TSA estimates that of the 229,743 annualized 
respondents, 38,923 HME applicants will respond to the customer survey 
with annualized burden hours of 1,622. The applicant fee remains 
$86.50, which covers TSA's program costs, TSA's enrollment vendor's 
costs, and the FBI fee for the criminal history records check. For 
applicants in States that allow comparability, the reduced fee remains 
$67.00.

    Dated: March 29, 2018.
Christina A. Walsh,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2018-06868 Filed 4-3-18; 8:45 am]
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