30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval and Merger of Collections: Statutory Authority To Preserve Rail Service, 29864-29865 [2018-13698]

Download as PDF 29864 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 123 / Tuesday, June 26, 2018 / Notices We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department. • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review. Abstract of Proposed Collection DS–1884 solicits information from petitioners claiming employment-based immigrant visa preference under section 203(b)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on the basis of qualification as a special immigrant described in section 101(a)(27)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. A petitioner may file the DS–1884 petition within one year of notification by the Department of State that the Secretary has approved a recommendation that such special immigrant status be accorded to the alien. DS–1884 solicits information that will assist the consular officer in ensuring that the petitioner is statutorily qualified to receive such status, including meeting the years of service and exceptional service requirements. Methodology sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES The form can be obtained from posts abroad or through the Department’s website. The application available on the Department’s website allows an applicant to complete the application electronically and then print the application and submit it to post. Edward J Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2018–13641 Filed 6–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jun 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD 30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval and Merger of Collections: Statutory Authority To Preserve Rail Service Surface Transportation Board. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an extension of approval for the information collections required under section 8(d) of the National Trails System Act (Trails Act). The Board is also seeking approval to merge into this collection (OMB Control Number: 2140– 0022) the collection of information about notifications of Trails Act agreement and substitute sponsorship (OMB Control Number: 2140–0017). The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register (Apr. 18, 2018). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received. SUMMARY: Comments on this information collection should be submitted by July 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be identified as ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board: Statutory Authority to Preserve Rail Service.’’ These comments should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Joseph B. Nye, Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer: by email at oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov; by fax at (202) 395–1743; or by mail to Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Please also direct comments to Chris Oehrle, PRA Officer, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001, or to pra@ stb.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding this collection, contact Michael Higgins, Deputy Director, Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245–0284 or at michael.higgins@stb.gov. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board currently collects information from those seeking statutory authority to DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 preserve rail carrier service under OMB Control Number 2140–0022. The authority under OMB Control Number 2140–0022 includes the collection of information under the Trails Act, such as the notifications of Trails Act agreement and substitute sponsorship, which is also addressed under OMB Control Number 2140–0017. This request proposes to combine collections under Control Numbers 2140–0017 and 2140–0022, with 2140–0022 being the survivor. The Board will request to discontinue Control Number 2140–0017 upon OMB approval of the merger. Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board’s request for OMB approval. Description of Collection 1 Title: Statutory Authority to Preserve Rail Service. OMB Control Number: 2140–0022. STB Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Affected shippers, communities, or other interested persons seeking to preserve rail service over rail lines that are proposed or identified for abandonment, and railroads that are required to provide information to the offeror or applicant. Number of Respondents: 40. Frequency: On occasion. TABLE—NUMBER OF YEARLY RESPONSES Type of filing Number of filings Offer of Financial Assistance ... OFA—Railroad Reply to Request for Information ............. OFA—Request to Set Terms and Conditions ...................... Request for Public Use Condition ........................................ Feeder Line Application ............ Trail Use Request ..................... Trail Use Request Extension .... Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 826 Hours E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 1 1 1 1 5 23 84 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 123 / Tuesday, June 26, 2018 / Notices of Interim Trail Use (CITU). The CITU/ NITU permits parties, for 180 days, to negotiate for an interim trail use/ railbanking agreement for the rail line. If parties reach an agreement, the CITU/ TABLE—ESTIMATED HOURS PER NITU automatically authorizes interim RESPONSE trail use/railbanking, and the parties Number of must notify the Board that they have Type of filing hours per reached an agreement. The interim trails response use/railbanking preserves the rail Offer of Financial Assistance ... 32 corridor for possible future use as an active rail line again. If no agreement is OFA—Railroad Reply to Request for Information ............. 10 reached, then upon expiration of the negotiation period, the CITU/NITU OFA—Request to Set Terms and Conditions ...................... 4 authorizes the railroad to exercise its Request for Public Use Condioption to fully abandon the line without tion ........................................ 2 further action by the Board. Feeder Line Application ............ 70 The collection by the Board of these Trail Use Request ..................... 4 offers, requests, and applications, and Trail Use Request Extension .... 4 the railroad’s replies (when required), Total ‘‘Non-hour Burden’’ Cost: None enables the Board to meet its statutory duty to regulate the referenced rail identified. Filings may be submitted transactions. electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: Under Interstate Description of Collection 2 Commerce Act, amended by the ICC Title: Notifications of Trails Act Termination Act of 1995, Public Law Agreement and Substitute Sponsorship. No. 104–88, 109 Stat. 803 (1995), OMB Control Number: 2140–0017. amended by the Surface Transportation STB Form Number: None. Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, Type of Review: Merger. Public Law 114–110 (2015), and under Respondents: Rail carriers; parties to Section 8(d) of the Trails Act, and the an interim trail use agreement; related regulations, persons seeking to substitute trail sponsors; and state and preserve rail service over a rail line that local governments. is in the process of being abandoned Number of Respondents: 40. may file pleadings before the Board to Estimated Time per Response: One acquire or subsidize a rail line for hour. continued service, or to impose what is Frequency: On occasion. known as a trail use/railbanking or Total Burden Hours (annually public use condition. including all respondents): 40 hours. First, under 49 U.S.C. 10904, the Total ‘‘Non-hour Burden’’ Cost: None filing of an ‘‘Offer of Financial identified. Filings may be submitted Assistance’’ (OFA) starts a process of electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: As described in negotiations to define the financial ‘‘Description of Collection 1’’ above, the assistance needed to purchase or STB will issue a CITU or NITU to a subsidize the rail line sought for prospective trail sponsor who seeks a abandonment. Once the OFA is filed, trails use/railbanking agreement with the offeror may request additional information from the railroad, which the the rail carrier of the rail line that is being abandoned. The CITU/NITU railroad must provide. If the parties permits parties, for 180 days, to cannot agree to the sale or subsidy, negotiate for a trails use/railbanking either party also may file a request for agreement. If parties reach an the Board to set the terms and agreement, then, under 49 CFR 1152.29, conditions of the financial assistance. they must jointly notify the Board of Or, under section 10905, a public use that fact and must identify the exact request allows the Board to impose a location of the right-of-way subject to 180-day public use condition on the the agreement, including a map and abandonment of a rail line, permitting milepost marker information. The rules the parties to negotiate a public use for also require parties to file a petition to the rail line. Alternatively, under modify or vacate the CITU/NITU if the section 10907, a feeder line application trail use/railbanking agreement applies provides the basis for authorizing an to less of the right-of-way than what is involuntary sale of a rail line. Finally, under the Trails Act, a trail covered by the CITU/NITU. Finally, the use request, if agreed upon by the rules require that a substitute trail abandoning carrier, requires the Board sponsor must acknowledge that interim to condition the abandonment by trail use is subject to restoration and issuing what is known as a Notice of reactivation at any time. The collection Interim Trail Use (NITU) or Certificate by the Board of this information enables sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES (sum total of estimated hours per response × number of responses for each type of filing). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jun 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29865 the agency to ensure that the documentation for activities under the Trails Act remains current. Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, concurrent with an agency’s submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information. Dated: June 21, 2018. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2018–13698 Filed 6–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2018–0102] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel KAT ATOMIC; Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, DOT. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before July 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2018–0102. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 123 (Tuesday, June 26, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 29864-29865]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-13698]


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD


30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval and Merger 
of Collections: Statutory Authority To Preserve Rail Service

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, 
and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the 
Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice that it is 
requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an extension 
of approval for the information collections required under section 8(d) 
of the National Trails System Act (Trails Act). The Board is also 
seeking approval to merge into this collection (OMB Control Number: 
2140-0022) the collection of information about notifications of Trails 
Act agreement and substitute sponsorship (OMB Control Number: 2140-
0017). The Board previously published a notice about this collection in 
the Federal Register (Apr. 18, 2018). That notice allowed for a 60-day 
public review and comment period. No comments were received.

DATES: Comments on this information collection should be submitted by 
July 26, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be identified as ``Paperwork 
Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board: Statutory 
Authority to Preserve Rail Service.'' These comments should be directed 
to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Joseph B. Nye, Surface Transportation 
Board Desk Officer: by email at [email protected]; by fax at 
(202) 395-1743; or by mail to Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20503. Please also direct comments to Chris Oehrle, PRA 
Officer, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 
20423-0001, or to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding this 
collection, contact Michael Higgins, Deputy Director, Office of Public 
Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0284 or 
at [email protected]. Assistance for the hearing impaired is 
available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board currently collects information 
from those seeking statutory authority to preserve rail carrier service 
under OMB Control Number 2140-0022. The authority under OMB Control 
Number 2140-0022 includes the collection of information under the 
Trails Act, such as the notifications of Trails Act agreement and 
substitute sponsorship, which is also addressed under OMB Control 
Number 2140-0017. This request proposes to combine collections under 
Control Numbers 2140-0017 and 2140-0022, with 2140-0022 being the 
survivor. The Board will request to discontinue Control Number 2140-
0017 upon OMB approval of the merger.
    Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's 
burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on the respondents, including the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. 
Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's 
request for OMB approval.

Description of Collection 1

    Title: Statutory Authority to Preserve Rail Service.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0022.
    STB Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Affected shippers, communities, or other interested 
persons seeking to preserve rail service over rail lines that are 
proposed or identified for abandonment, and railroads that are required 
to provide information to the offeror or applicant.
    Number of Respondents: 40.
    Frequency: On occasion.

                    Table--Number of Yearly Responses
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                                                              Number of
                       Type of filing                          filings
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Offer of Financial Assistance..............................            1
OFA--Railroad Reply to Request for Information.............            1
OFA--Request to Set Terms and Conditions...................            1
Request for Public Use Condition...........................            1
Feeder Line Application....................................            5
Trail Use Request..........................................           23
Trail Use Request Extension................................           84
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    Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 826 Hours

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(sum total of estimated hours per response x number of responses for 
each type of filing).

                   Table--Estimated Hours per Response
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                                                              Number of
                       Type of filing                         hours per
                                                               response
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Offer of Financial Assistance..............................           32
OFA--Railroad Reply to Request for Information.............           10
OFA--Request to Set Terms and Conditions...................            4
Request for Public Use Condition...........................            2
Feeder Line Application....................................           70
Trail Use Request..........................................            4
Trail Use Request Extension................................            4
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    Total ``Non-hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings may be 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: Under Interstate Commerce Act, amended by the ICC 
Termination Act of 1995, Public Law No. 104-88, 109 Stat. 803 (1995), 
amended by the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 
2015, Public Law 114-110 (2015), and under Section 8(d) of the Trails 
Act, and the related regulations, persons seeking to preserve rail 
service over a rail line that is in the process of being abandoned may 
file pleadings before the Board to acquire or subsidize a rail line for 
continued service, or to impose what is known as a trail use/
railbanking or public use condition.
    First, under 49 U.S.C. 10904, the filing of an ``Offer of Financial 
Assistance'' (OFA) starts a process of negotiations to define the 
financial assistance needed to purchase or subsidize the rail line 
sought for abandonment. Once the OFA is filed, the offeror may request 
additional information from the railroad, which the railroad must 
provide. If the parties cannot agree to the sale or subsidy, either 
party also may file a request for the Board to set the terms and 
conditions of the financial assistance. Or, under section 10905, a 
public use request allows the Board to impose a 180-day public use 
condition on the abandonment of a rail line, permitting the parties to 
negotiate a public use for the rail line. Alternatively, under section 
10907, a feeder line application provides the basis for authorizing an 
involuntary sale of a rail line.
    Finally, under the Trails Act, a trail use request, if agreed upon 
by the abandoning carrier, requires the Board to condition the 
abandonment by issuing what is known as a Notice of Interim Trail Use 
(NITU) or Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU). The CITU/NITU 
permits parties, for 180 days, to negotiate for an interim trail use/
railbanking agreement for the rail line. If parties reach an agreement, 
the CITU/NITU automatically authorizes interim trail use/railbanking, 
and the parties must notify the Board that they have reached an 
agreement. The interim trails use/railbanking preserves the rail 
corridor for possible future use as an active rail line again. If no 
agreement is reached, then upon expiration of the negotiation period, 
the CITU/NITU authorizes the railroad to exercise its option to fully 
abandon the line without further action by the Board.
    The collection by the Board of these offers, requests, and 
applications, and the railroad's replies (when required), enables the 
Board to meet its statutory duty to regulate the referenced rail 
transactions.

Description of Collection 2

    Title: Notifications of Trails Act Agreement and Substitute 
Sponsorship.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0017.
    STB Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Merger.
    Respondents: Rail carriers; parties to an interim trail use 
agreement; substitute trail sponsors; and state and local governments.
    Number of Respondents: 40.
    Estimated Time per Response: One hour.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 40 hours.
    Total ``Non-hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings may be 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: As described in ``Description of Collection 1'' 
above, the STB will issue a CITU or NITU to a prospective trail sponsor 
who seeks a trails use/railbanking agreement with the rail carrier of 
the rail line that is being abandoned. The CITU/NITU permits parties, 
for 180 days, to negotiate for a trails use/railbanking agreement. If 
parties reach an agreement, then, under 49 CFR 1152.29, they must 
jointly notify the Board of that fact and must identify the exact 
location of the right-of-way subject to the agreement, including a map 
and milepost marker information. The rules also require parties to file 
a petition to modify or vacate the CITU/NITU if the trail use/
railbanking agreement applies to less of the right-of-way than what is 
covered by the CITU/NITU. Finally, the rules require that a substitute 
trail sponsor must acknowledge that interim trail use is subject to 
restoration and reactivation at any time. The collection by the Board 
of this information enables the agency to ensure that the documentation 
for activities under the Trails Act remains current.
    Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a 
collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control 
number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 
3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, 
third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, 
concurrent with an agency's submitting a collection to OMB for 
approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information.

    Dated: June 21, 2018.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2018-13698 Filed 6-25-18; 8:45 am]
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