Agency Information Collection Activity; Notice of Request for Approval To Collect New Information: Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data Program, 20139-20141 [2018-09613]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 88 / Monday, May 7, 2018 / Notices public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/ privacy. Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to the Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Clarence Garden (202) 267–7489, Office of Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591. This notice is published pursuant to 14 CFR 11.85. Lirio Liu, Executive Director, Office of Rulemaking. Petition for Exemption daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Docket No.: FAA–2014–0278. Petitioner: Ameriflight. Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: 135.243(c)(2). Description of Relief Sought: Ameriflight, LLC seeks relief to allow an incremental reduction of the current 14 CFR 135.243(c)(2) 1,200 hour minimum flight time requirement for pilots in command of aircraft under instrument flight rules (IFR), to 1,000 flight hours provided specific operational restrictions, training using a ‘‘cockpit procedures trainer’’. Additional checking, operating experience under the supervision of an instructor, and monitoring requirements are complied with as necessary to ensure an equivalent level of safety. The relief would apply exclusively to pilots in command engaged in Ameriflight, LLC cargo-only operations conducted under 14 CFR part 135 in propeller-powered airplanes that do not require a type rating. [FR Doc. 2018–09608 Filed 5–4–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 May 04, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Bureau of Transportation Statistics [Docket Number DOT–OST–2017–0043 Agency Information Collection Activity; Notice of Request for Approval To Collect New Information: Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data Program Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST–R), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), U.S. Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44 of the U.S. Code (Pub. L. 104– 13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995), this notice announces the intention of BTS to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a new data collection: Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data. In August 2013, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and BTS signed an Interagency Agreement to develop and implement SafeOCS, a voluntary program for confidential reporting of ‘near misses’ occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data (ISD) program, is a component of BTS’s SafeOCS data sharing framework, that provides a trusted, proactive means for the oil and gas industry to report sensitive and proprietary safety information, and to identify early warnings of safety problems and potential safety issues by uncovering hidden, at-risk conditions not previously exposed from analysis of reportable accidents and incidents. Companies participating in the ISD are voluntarily submitting safety data. There is no regulatory requirement to submit such data. The ISD identifies a broader range of data categories to ensure safe performance and appropriate risk management, which adds a learning component to assist the oil and gas industry in achieving improved safety performance. BTS will be the repository for the data, and will analyze and aggregate information proffered under this program, and publish reports providing identification of potential causal factors and trends or patterns before safety is compromised, and affording continuous improvement opportunities by focusing on repairing impediments to safety. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by July 6, 2018. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20139 To ensure that your comments are not entered more than once into the docket, submit comments by only one of the following methods: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. Docket Number: DOT–OST–2017–0043. • Mail: Docket Services, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. Identify all transmissions with ‘‘Docket Number DOT–OST–2017– 0043’’ at the beginning of each page of the document. Instructions: All comments must include the agency name and docket number for this notice. Paper comments should be submitted in duplicate. The Docket Management Facility is open for examination and copying, at the above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your written comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped postcard with the following statement: ‘‘Comments on Docket Number DOT–OST–2017–0043.’’ The Docket Clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. mail. Privacy Act: Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Please note that all comments received including any personal information, will be posted and will be publicly viewable, without change, at www.regulations.gov. You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78) or you may visit www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Demetra V. Collia, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Statistical and Economic Analysis, RTS–31, E36–302, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001; Phone No. (202) 366–1610; Fax No. (202) 366– 3383; email: demetra.collia@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 20140 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 88 / Monday, May 7, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES p.m., EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Data Confidentiality Provisions: The confidentiality of oil and gas industry safety data information submitted to BTS is protected under the BTS confidentiality statute (49 U.S.C. 6307) and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–347, Title V). In accordance with these confidentiality statutes, only statistical (aggregated) and non-identifying data will be made publicly available by BTS through its reports. BTS will not release to BSEE or any other public or private entity any information that might reveal the identity of individuals or organizations mentioned in failure notices or reports without explicit consent of the respondent and any other affected entities. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (BTS). BTS and BSEE have determined that it is in the public interest to collect, and process ISD reports and any other data deemed necessary to administer the Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data Program under a pledge of confidentiality for statistical purposes only. Working with subject matter experts BTS will then aggregate and further analyze these reports to identify potential causal factors and trends. All data reviewers would be subject to nondisclosure requirements mandated by CIPSEA. The results of these aggregated analyses will be distributed by BTS through public reports, workshops, and other forms. Periodic industry workshops may be scheduled by BSEE/ industry to discuss the data analysis and trend results, as well as share ideas and process improvements for preventing recurrence. I. The Data Collection The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35; as amended) and 5 CFR part 1320 require each Federal agency to obtain OMB approval to initiate an information collection activity. BTS is seeking OMB approval to collect the following new data: Title: Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data (ISD) Program. OMB Control Number: Type of Review: Approval of data collection. This information collection for Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data is to ensure the safe performance and appropriate risk management within the oil and gas industry, including but not limited to exploration and production. Respondents: Oil and gas industry companies involved in the exploration and/or production working in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Responsibility for establishing the actual scope and burden for this collection resides with BTS. Number of Potential Responses: One hundred. Estimated Time per Response: 40 hours. Frequency: Annual. Total Annual Burden: 400 hours. Abstract: The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 note), can provide strong confidentiality protection for information acquired for statistical purposes under a pledge of confidentiality. CIPSEA Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget advises that a non-statistical agency or unit (BSEE) that wishes to acquire information with CIPSEA protection, may consider entering an agreement with a Federal statistical agency or unit II. Background The goal of the Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data program is to provide BTS with essential information about accident precursors and other hazards associated with Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas operations including but not limited to exploration and production (E&P.) This program collects voluntarily reported safety data. A related goal of the ISD is to provide a mechanism whereby participating companies can submit safety data in whatever format they currently use to minimize incremental effort on the company’s part. To realize the optimum benefits from an industrywide framework, all organizations associated with offshore E&P operations (operators, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers/ OEMs) and/or regulatory agencies are encouraged to submit data voluntarily. BTS is conducting an Industry Safety Data (ISD) program pilot, in 2017–2018 with data from nine companies. The value proposition of the ISD program is its focus on the continual improvement in safety performance, and its implementation of lessons learned from incidents and events that occur within the oil and gas industry. This is particularly important for major hazards and associated prevention/mitigation barriers. Several key aspects of this effort includes: • Providing a solution for a central repository for collection, collaboration, and sharing of lessons learned from collected safety-related data, • Identifying the type of data that will provide valuable information, • Gaining alignment on incident and indicator definitions, • Utilizing a secure process for collection and analysis of the data, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 May 04, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Implementing a robust methodology for identifying systemic issues, • Disseminating the results to stakeholders who can then take actions to reduce or eliminate the risk of recurrence through greater barrier integrity, • Providing opportunities for stakeholders to network and benchmark performance, both individually and as an organization, and • Establishing a framework wherein adverse actions cannot legally be taken against data submitters nor can raw data be used for regulatory development purposes. One other related goal of the ISD program is to provide a mechanism whereby participating companies can submit safety data in whatever format they currently use to minimize incremental effort on the company’s part. One of the key benefits associated with submitting safety data directly to BTS for review and analysis, is that it addresses concerns related to protection of the data source. SafeOCS, including the ISD, operates under a Federal law, the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA), which requires the program to protect the identity of the reporter and treat reports confidentially. Information submitted under CIPSEA is also protected from release to other government agencies, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and subpoena. Even regulatory agencies, such as BSEE, cannot have access to the identity of those submitting reports under the program. In addition, the information from individual records cannot be used for enforcement purposes. CIPSEA is subject to strict criminal and civil penalties for noncompliance. Once data is aggregated, BTS will analyze safety data reports submitted by companies involved in OCS activities. BTS will also work with subject matter experts to further analyze these reports to identify potential causal factors and trends. The results of these aggregated analyses will be distributed by BTS through public reports. Industry workshops may then be scheduled to allow operators, service companies, drilling contractors, regulators, and other stakeholders to discuss the results and share lessons learned. This data collection will provide participating members within the oil and gas industry, a trusted means to report sensitive proprietary and safety information related to operations in the OCS, and to foster trust in the confidential collection, handling, and storage of the raw data. BTS will use the E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 88 / Monday, May 7, 2018 / Notices data collected to establish a comprehensive source of the safety related data for statistical purposes. With input from subject matter experts, BTS will process and analyze information on Safety Data and associated metadata, and publish the results of such analyses in public reports. These reports will provide the industry, all OCS stakeholders and BSEE with essential information about critical safety issues for offshore operations and production. The BTS Director or Deputy Director will review all analyses and reports, and issue approval for publication. While BTS’s direct involvement will end after the aggregated trends report is published, the ISD program may form a committee to address the analytical findings. III. Request for Public Comment BTS requests comments on any aspects of this information collection request, including: (1) Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (2) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the information collected, including additional use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Patricia Hu, Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation. [FR Doc. 2018–09613 Filed 5–4–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1098–C Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. AGENCY: Notice and request for comments. ACTION: The Internal Revenue Service, 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 IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 1098–C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 May 04, 2018 Jkt 244001 Written comments should be received on or before July 6, 2018 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Laurie Brimmer, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6526, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20224. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the form and instructions should be directed to Sandra Lowery at Internal Revenue Service, Room 6526, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20224, or at (202) 317– 5754 or through the internet, at Sandra.J.Lowery@irs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes. OMB Number: 1545–1959. Form Number: Form 1098–C. Abstract: Section 884 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108– 357) added new paragraph 12 to section 170(f) for contributions of used motor vehicles, boats, and airplanes. Section 170(f)(12) requires that a donee organization provide an acknowledgement to the donor of this type of property and is required to file the same information to the Internal Revenue Service. 1098–C may be used as the acknowledgement and it, or an acceptable substitute, must be filed with the IRS. Current Actions: There are no changes being made to the form at this time. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Not for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 151,000. Estimated Time per Respondent: 18 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 46,810.00. The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice: An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103. Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20141 (a) Whether the 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 of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (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; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Approved: April 23, 2018. Laurie Brimmer, Senior Tax Analyst. [FR Doc. 2018–09596 Filed 5–4–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 8693 Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 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 information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The IRS is soliciting comments concerning Low-Income Housing Credit Disposition Bond. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before July 6, 2018 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Laurie Brimmer, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6526, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20224. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the form and instructions should be directed to Martha R. Brinson, at (202) 317–5753, or at Internal Revenue Service, Room 6526, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20224, or through the internet at Martha.R.Brinson@irs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Low-Income Housing Credit Disposition Bond. OMB Number: 1545–1029. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

[Docket Number DOT-OST-2017-0043


Agency Information Collection Activity; Notice of Request for 
Approval To Collect New Information: Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data 
Program

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology 
(OST-R), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), U.S. Department of 
Transportation.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) 
of Title 44 of the U.S. Code (Pub. L. 104-13, the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995), this notice announces the intention of BTS to request the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a new data collection: 
Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data.
    In August 2013, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement 
(BSEE) and BTS signed an Interagency Agreement to develop and implement 
SafeOCS, a voluntary program for confidential reporting of `near 
misses' occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Oil and Gas 
Industry Safety Data (ISD) program, is a component of BTS's SafeOCS 
data sharing framework, that provides a trusted, proactive means for 
the oil and gas industry to report sensitive and proprietary safety 
information, and to identify early warnings of safety problems and 
potential safety issues by uncovering hidden, at-risk conditions not 
previously exposed from analysis of reportable accidents and incidents. 
Companies participating in the ISD are voluntarily submitting safety 
data. There is no regulatory requirement to submit such data.
    The ISD identifies a broader range of data categories to ensure 
safe performance and appropriate risk management, which adds a learning 
component to assist the oil and gas industry in achieving improved 
safety performance. BTS will be the repository for the data, and will 
analyze and aggregate information proffered under this program, and 
publish reports providing identification of potential causal factors 
and trends or patterns before safety is compromised, and affording 
continuous improvement opportunities by focusing on repairing 
impediments to safety.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by July 6, 2018.

ADDRESSES: To ensure that your comments are not entered more than once 
into the docket, submit comments by only one of the following methods:
     Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your 
comments electronically. Docket Number: DOT-OST-2017-0043.
     Mail: Docket Services, U.S. Department of Transportation, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    Identify all transmissions with ``Docket Number DOT-OST-2017-0043'' 
at the beginning of each page of the document.
    Instructions: All comments must include the agency name and docket 
number for this notice. Paper comments should be submitted in 
duplicate. The Docket Management Facility is open for examination and 
copying, at the above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of 
receipt of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard with the following statement: ``Comments on Docket 
Number DOT-OST-2017-0043.'' The Docket Clerk will date stamp the 
postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. mail.
    Privacy Act: Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Please note that all 
comments received including any personal information, will be posted 
and will be publicly viewable, without change, at www.regulations.gov. 
You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit 
www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Demetra V. Collia, Bureau of 
Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for 
Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of 
Statistical and Economic Analysis, RTS-31, E36-302, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001; Phone No. (202) 366-1610; Fax No. 
(202) 366-3383; email: [email protected]. Office hours are from 
8:30 a.m. to 5

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p.m., EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Data Confidentiality Provisions: The confidentiality of oil and gas 
industry safety data information submitted to BTS is protected under 
the BTS confidentiality statute (49 U.S.C. 6307) and the Confidential 
Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2002 
(Pub. L. 107-347, Title V). In accordance with these confidentiality 
statutes, only statistical (aggregated) and non-identifying data will 
be made publicly available by BTS through its reports. BTS will not 
release to BSEE or any other public or private entity any information 
that might reveal the identity of individuals or organizations 
mentioned in failure notices or reports without explicit consent of the 
respondent and any other affected entities.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. The Data Collection

    The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35; as 
amended) and 5 CFR part 1320 require each Federal agency to obtain OMB 
approval to initiate an information collection activity. BTS is seeking 
OMB approval to collect the following new data:
    Title: Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data (ISD) Program.
    OMB Control Number:
    Type of Review: Approval of data collection. This information 
collection for Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data is to ensure the safe 
performance and appropriate risk management within the oil and gas 
industry, including but not limited to exploration and production.
    Respondents: Oil and gas industry companies involved in the 
exploration and/or production working in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). 
Responsibility for establishing the actual scope and burden for this 
collection resides with BTS.
    Number of Potential Responses: One hundred.
    Estimated Time per Response: 40 hours.
    Frequency: Annual.
    Total Annual Burden: 400 hours.
    Abstract: The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical 
Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 note), can provide 
strong confidentiality protection for information acquired for 
statistical purposes under a pledge of confidentiality. CIPSEA Guidance 
from the Office of Management and Budget advises that a non-statistical 
agency or unit (BSEE) that wishes to acquire information with CIPSEA 
protection, may consider entering an agreement with a Federal 
statistical agency or unit (BTS). BTS and BSEE have determined that it 
is in the public interest to collect, and process ISD reports and any 
other data deemed necessary to administer the Oil and Gas Industry 
Safety Data Program under a pledge of confidentiality for statistical 
purposes only.
    Working with subject matter experts BTS will then aggregate and 
further analyze these reports to identify potential causal factors and 
trends. All data reviewers would be subject to non-disclosure 
requirements mandated by CIPSEA. The results of these aggregated 
analyses will be distributed by BTS through public reports, workshops, 
and other forms. Periodic industry workshops may be scheduled by BSEE/
industry to discuss the data analysis and trend results, as well as 
share ideas and process improvements for preventing recurrence.

II. Background

    The goal of the Oil and Gas Industry Safety Data program is to 
provide BTS with essential information about accident precursors and 
other hazards associated with Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas 
operations including but not limited to exploration and production 
(E&P.) This program collects voluntarily reported safety data.
    A related goal of the ISD is to provide a mechanism whereby 
participating companies can submit safety data in whatever format they 
currently use to minimize incremental effort on the company's part. To 
realize the optimum benefits from an industrywide framework, all 
organizations associated with offshore E&P operations (operators, 
contractors, subcontractors, suppliers/OEMs) and/or regulatory agencies 
are encouraged to submit data voluntarily. BTS is conducting an 
Industry Safety Data (ISD) program pilot, in 2017-2018 with data from 
nine companies.
    The value proposition of the ISD program is its focus on the 
continual improvement in safety performance, and its implementation of 
lessons learned from incidents and events that occur within the oil and 
gas industry. This is particularly important for major hazards and 
associated prevention/mitigation barriers. Several key aspects of this 
effort includes:
     Providing a solution for a central repository for 
collection, collaboration, and sharing of lessons learned from 
collected safety-related data,
     Identifying the type of data that will provide valuable 
information,
     Gaining alignment on incident and indicator definitions,
     Utilizing a secure process for collection and analysis of 
the data,
     Implementing a robust methodology for identifying systemic 
issues,
     Disseminating the results to stakeholders who can then 
take actions to reduce or eliminate the risk of recurrence through 
greater barrier integrity,
     Providing opportunities for stakeholders to network and 
benchmark performance, both individually and as an organization, and
     Establishing a framework wherein adverse actions cannot 
legally be taken against data submitters nor can raw data be used for 
regulatory development purposes.
    One other related goal of the ISD program is to provide a mechanism 
whereby participating companies can submit safety data in whatever 
format they currently use to minimize incremental effort on the 
company's part.
    One of the key benefits associated with submitting safety data 
directly to BTS for review and analysis, is that it addresses concerns 
related to protection of the data source. SafeOCS, including the ISD, 
operates under a Federal law, the Confidential Information Protection 
and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA), which requires the 
program to protect the identity of the reporter and treat reports 
confidentially. Information submitted under CIPSEA is also protected 
from release to other government agencies, Freedom of Information Act 
(FOIA) requests, and subpoena. Even regulatory agencies, such as BSEE, 
cannot have access to the identity of those submitting reports under 
the program. In addition, the information from individual records 
cannot be used for enforcement purposes. CIPSEA is subject to strict 
criminal and civil penalties for noncompliance.
    Once data is aggregated, BTS will analyze safety data reports 
submitted by companies involved in OCS activities. BTS will also work 
with subject matter experts to further analyze these reports to 
identify potential causal factors and trends. The results of these 
aggregated analyses will be distributed by BTS through public reports. 
Industry workshops may then be scheduled to allow operators, service 
companies, drilling contractors, regulators, and other stakeholders to 
discuss the results and share lessons learned.
    This data collection will provide participating members within the 
oil and gas industry, a trusted means to report sensitive proprietary 
and safety information related to operations in the OCS, and to foster 
trust in the confidential collection, handling, and storage of the raw 
data. BTS will use the

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data collected to establish a comprehensive source of the safety 
related data for statistical purposes. With input from subject matter 
experts, BTS will process and analyze information on Safety Data and 
associated metadata, and publish the results of such analyses in public 
reports. These reports will provide the industry, all OCS stakeholders 
and BSEE with essential information about critical safety issues for 
offshore operations and production.
    The BTS Director or Deputy Director will review all analyses and 
reports, and issue approval for publication. While BTS's direct 
involvement will end after the aggregated trends report is published, 
the ISD program may form a committee to address the analytical 
findings.

III. Request for Public Comment

    BTS requests comments on any aspects of this information collection 
request, including: (1) Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and 
clarity of the collected information; and (2) ways to minimize the 
collection burden without reducing the quality of the information 
collected, including additional use of automated collection techniques 
or other forms of information technology.

Patricia Hu,
Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant 
Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of 
Transportation.
[FR Doc. 2018-09613 Filed 5-4-18; 8:45 am]
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