Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review, 52930-52932 [2019-21545]

Download as PDF 52930 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2019 / Notices Notice of request for comments. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describe the nature of the information collection and their expected burdens. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 4, 2019. ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk Officer. Alternatively, comments may be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget, at the following address: oira_submissions@ omb.eop.gov. Comments are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tia Swain, Office of Administration, Management Planning Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Mail Stop TAD– 10, Washington, DC 20590 (202) 366– 0354 or tia.swain@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104–13, Section 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to issue two notices seeking public comment on information collection activities before OMB may approve paperwork packages. 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.5, 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.12. On June 18, 2019, FTA published a 60-day notice (84 FR 28383) in the Federal Register soliciting comments on the ICR that the agency SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Oct 02, 2019 Jkt 250001 was seeking OMB approval. FTA received no comments after issuing this 60-day notice. Accordingly, DOT announces that these information collection activities have been reevaluated and certified under 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and forwarded to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12(c). Before OMB decides whether to approve these proposed collections of information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b); 5 CFR 1320.12(d). Federal law requires OMB to approve or disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30-day notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507 (b)–(c); 5 CFR 1320.12(d); see also 60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes that the 30-day notice informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication to best ensure having their full effect. 5 CFR 1320.12(c); see also 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. The summaries below describe the nature of the information collection requirements (ICRs) and the expected burden. The requirements are being submitted for clearance by OMB as required by the PRA. Title: Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program. OMB Control Number: 2132–0575. Type of Request: Renewal of a previously approved information collection. Abstract: Since the authorization of the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program in 2012, Congress has appropriated funds three times for transit agencies affected by disaster. The first appropriation of funds for the program was in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy, for which the President declared a major disaster for areas of 12 States and the District of Columbia. Under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 113–2), Congress provided $10.9 billion for FTA’s Emergency Relief Program for recovery, relief, and resilience efforts in the counties specified in the disaster declaration. Approximately $10.0 billion remained available after implementation of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112–25) and after intergovernmental transfers to other bureaus and offices within DOT. FTA has allocated the full amount in multiple tiers for response, recovery and rebuilding; for locally prioritized PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 resilience projects, and for competitively selected resilience projects. The second appropriation of funds for the Emergency Relief Program was in 2018 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, for which the President declared major disasters in areas of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115–123), Congress provided $330 million for FTA’s Emergency Relief Program for transit systems affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. On May 31, 2018 FTA allocated $277.5 million for response, recovery, rebuilding, and resilience projects. The third appropriation of funds for the Emergency Relief Program was in 2019. Under the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019, Congress appropriated $10.5 million for FTA’s Emergency Relief Program for transit systems affected by major declared disasters occurring in calendar year 2018. Respondents: States, local governmental authorities, Indian tribes and other FTA recipients impacted by Hurricane Sandy which affected midAtlantic and northeastern states in October 2012; Hurricane Harvey which affected areas of Texas and Louisiana in August 2017; and Hurricanes Irma and Maria which affected the southeastern states and the territories of the Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2017, and by major declared disasters occurring in calendar year 2018. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 26. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,680 hours. Frequency: Annually. Nadine Pembleton, Director Office of Management Planning. [FR Doc. 2019–21546 Filed 10–2–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [FTA Docket No. FTA 2019–0018] Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of request for comments. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2019 / Notices notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describe the nature of the information collection and their expected burdens. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 4, 2019. ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk Officer. Alternatively, comments may be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget, at the following address: oira_submissions@ omb.eop.gov. Comments are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tia Swain, Office of Administration, Management Planning Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Mail Stop TAD– 10, Washington, DC 20590 (202) 366– 0354 or tia.swain@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104–13, Section 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to issue two notices seeking public comment on information collection activities before OMB may approve paperwork packages. 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.5, 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.12. On July 2, 2019, FTA published a 60-day notice (84 FR 31657) in the Federal Register soliciting comments on the ICR that the agency was seeking OMB approval. FTA received one comment after issuing this 60-day notice. The comment was from the Michigan Department of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Oct 02, 2019 Jkt 250001 Transportation (MDOT) Docket #FTA– 0008–0001. The comment states: ‘‘MDOT supports the continued collection of bus testing information by the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) with the following concerns: (1) Timeliness of testing on new or updated bus bodies and OEM vehicle chassis, test completion can take up to a year or more in some instances; (2) Communication of testing delays to recipients. Explanation of delays doesn’t seem to be provided to bus manufacturers or chassis OEMs; (3) Increased testing capacity. With the increase in Federal emissions and fuel economy standards, OEMs are continually introducing new engine and transmission combinations that require new tests. Adding staff or opening additional test facilities may help alleviate this issue. The LoNo test facilities at Ohio State University and Auburn University may be an option to help assist in the testing of traditional buses if allowed, which would shorten test delays.’’ FTA’s responded by stating, ‘‘FTA acknowledges that improvements can be made in the application response process. In an effort to address these issues, this information is working on a web-based test form for bus testing determinations and approvals with the purpose of not only improving request turn arounds, but increasing transparency where submitters will be provided real-time updates with the status of their applications. The purpose of the PRA is to provide an estimate of time burdens associated with the preparation of a determination and/or and approval request. The time burdens consider all the technical and legal advisors involved in the process of gathering information to prepare and submit an application. Unfortunately, addressing the duration of tests, how many tests are performed, and any modification to 49 CFR 665 is outside of the scope of this document. We appreciate MDOT’s comments and encourage to submit any suggestions and/or recommended amendments following applicable protocols established in 49 CFR 601, ‘‘Organization, Functions, and Procedures’’. In addition, FTA will be hosting a Bus Maintenance and Bus Testing Peer-to-Peer Exchange in October 2019, to engage the vehicle manufacturers industry, encourage an open dialogue, and address areas of improvement within the Bus Testing Program. Accordingly, DOT announces that these information collection activities have been re-evaluated and certified under 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52931 forwarded to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12(c). Before OMB decides whether to approve these proposed collections of information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b); 5 CFR 1320.12(d). Federal law requires OMB to approve or disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30-day notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b)–(c); 5 CFR 1320.12(d); see also 60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes that the 30-day notice informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication to best ensure having their full effect. 5 CFR 1320.12(c); see also 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. The summaries below describe the nature of the information collection requirements (ICRs) and the expected burden. The requirements are being submitted for clearance by OMB as required by the PRA. Title: Bus Testing Program. OMB Control Number: 2132–0550. Type of Request: Renewal of a previously approved information collection. Abstract: 49 U.S.C. Section 5318(e) provides that Federal funds appropriated or otherwise made available under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 [FTA funding] may not be obligated or expended for the acquisition of a new bus model unless a bus of that model has been tested for maintainability, reliability, safety, performance (including braking performance), structural integrity, fuel economy, emissions, and noise at a bus testing facility authorized under 49 U.S.C. Section 5318(a). At this time, there is one active Bus Testing Center operated by the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute of the Pennsylvania State University (LTI). LTI operates and maintains the Center under a cooperative agreement with FTA, and establishes and collects fees for the testing of the vehicles at the facility. Two additional bus testing facilities authorized to test low and no-emission (LoNo) buses have been authorized by Congress. FTA is working with Auburn University and The Ohio State University to establish those facilities, which are not yet operational. The nature and quantity of the information that must be collected to operate the Bus Testing Program will not change significantly when these additional E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 52932 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2019 / Notices centers become operational. Auburn and Ohio State separately received appropriations to conduct testing of components for LoNo buses. Those projects are separate from Bus Testing and FTA does not expect them to affect the paperwork burden for the Bus Testing Program. Upon completion of the testing of the vehicle at the Center with a passing test score, a draft Bus Testing Report is provided to the manufacturer of the new bus model. If the manufacturer approves the Report for publication, the bus model becomes eligible for FTA funding. 49 CFR 665.7 requires a recipient of FTA funds to certify that a bus model has been tested at the bus testing facility, that the bus model received a passing score, and that the recipient has a copy of the applicable Bus Testing Report(s) on a bus model before final acceptance of any buses of that model. Recipients are strongly encouraged to review the Bus Testing Report(s) relevant to a bus model before final acceptance and/or selection of that bus model. Respondents: Bus manufacturers and recipients of FTA funds. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 60 (40 testing determination requirements requests at 32 hours each, 20 testing authorization requests at 32 hours each, 16 tests scheduled at 10 hours each, and 3 retest requests at 17 hours each). Estimated Total Annual Burden: 2,131 hours. Frequency: On Occasion. Nadine Pembleton, Director, Office of Management Planning. [FR Doc. 2019–21545 Filed 10–2–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS VA Standards for Quality Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) establishes these standards for quality to satisfy the requirements in section 1703C of title 38, United States Code (U.S.C.), as added by section 104 of the VA MISSION Act of 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Francis, Office of Reporting, Analytics, Performance, Improvement, and Deployment (RAPID), 10A8, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461–5833. This is not a toll-free number. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Oct 02, 2019 Jkt 250001 Section 1703C of 38 U.S.C., as added by section 104 of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 requires VA to establish standards for quality regarding hospital care, medical services, and extended care services furnished by the Department, including through non-Department health care providers pursuant to section 1703 of this title. Starting in August 2018, VA began consulting with various stakeholders and experts including the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Health Agency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Veterans Insight Panel focus groups selected from a standing veteran consumer panel (maintained by a neutral third-party) that is demographically representative of veterans served by VA, regulatory and accreditation groups, Veterans Service Organizations, Federal employee representatives, and health care specialty associations and organizations. VA also solicited comments from the public through a Notice in the Federal Register on August 24, 2018, (83 FR 42983), and held a public meeting on September 24, 2018, inviting the public to discuss and provide input regarding what VA should consider when developing the standards for quality. VA submitted a report to Congress on the proposed VA standards for quality on March 13, 2019. This Notice formally establishes VA’s standards for quality. In defining VA’s standards for quality established by the Secretary, VA incorporated findings from a review of existing standards, stakeholder feedback, and the framework for quality put forth by the National Academy of Medicine in its report, ‘‘Crossing the Quality Chasm’’. The standards for quality consist of Quality Domains and Quality Measures. • Quality Domains—broad categories of quality used to describe the desired characteristics of care received by veterans, whether furnished by VA or community-based providers. • Quality Measures—an evolving series of numeric indicators that evaluate clinical performance within each of the quality domains. These standards for quality are: • Timely Care—provided without inappropriate or harmful delays. • Effective Care—based on scientific knowledge of what is likely to provide benefits to veterans. • Safe Care—avoids harm from care that is intended to help veterans. • Veteran-Centered Care—anticipates and responds to veterans’ and their caregivers’ preferences and needs and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ensures that veterans have input into clinical decisions. The initial quality measures for each standard for quality are: • Timely Care Æ Patient-reported measures on getting timely appointments, care, and information Æ Wait times for outpatient care • Effective Care Æ Risk adjusted mortality rate for heart attack Æ Risk adjusted mortality rate for pneumonia Æ Risk adjusted mortality rate for heart failure Æ Risk adjusted mortality rate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Æ Smoking and tobacco use cessation—advising smokers to quit Æ Immunization for influenza Æ Controlling high blood pressure Æ Beta-blocker treatment after a heart attack Æ Comprehensive diabetes care— blood pressure control Æ Comprehensive diabetes care— Hemoglobin A1c poor control Æ Breast cancer screening Æ Cervical cancer screening Æ Improvement in function (shortstay skilled nursing facility patients) Æ Newly received antipsychotic medications (short-stay skilled nursing facility patients) • Safe Care Æ Catheter associated urinary tract infection rate Æ Central line associated bloodstream infection rate Æ Clostridioides difficile infection rate Æ Death rate among surgical patients with serious treatable complications Æ New or worse pressure ulcer (shortstay skilled nursing facility patients) Æ Falls with major injury (long-stay skilled nursing facility patients) Æ Physical restraints (long-stay skilled nursing facility patients) • Veteran-Centered Care Æ Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) overall summary star rating Æ HCAHPS Care Transition summary star rating Æ Patient’s overall rating of the provider on the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey Æ Patient’s rating of coordination of care on the CAHPS survey These standards for quality were selected based on availability of E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 192 (Thursday, October 3, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. FTA 2019-0018]


Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this

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notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) 
abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describe the nature of the 
information collection and their expected burdens.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 4, 2019.

ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that 
appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk Officer. 
Alternatively, comments may be sent via email to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and 
Budget, at the following address: [email protected].
    Comments are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology. A comment to OMB is best assured of having its 
full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tia Swain, Office of Administration, 
Management Planning Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Mail Stop TAD-
10, Washington, DC 20590 (202) 366-0354 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 
Public Law 104-13, Section 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised 
at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 
1320, require Federal agencies to issue two notices seeking public 
comment on information collection activities before OMB may approve 
paperwork packages. 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.5, 1320.8(d)(1), 
1320.12. On July 2, 2019, FTA published a 60-day notice (84 FR 31657) 
in the Federal Register soliciting comments on the ICR that the agency 
was seeking OMB approval. FTA received one comment after issuing this 
60-day notice. The comment was from the Michigan Department of 
Transportation (MDOT) Docket #FTA-0008-0001. The comment states: ``MDOT 
supports the continued collection of bus testing information by the 
Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) with the 
following concerns: (1) Timeliness of testing on new or updated bus 
bodies and OEM vehicle chassis, test completion can take up to a year 
or more in some instances; (2) Communication of testing delays to 
recipients. Explanation of delays doesn't seem to be provided to bus 
manufacturers or chassis OEMs; (3) Increased testing capacity. With the 
increase in Federal emissions and fuel economy standards, OEMs are 
continually introducing new engine and transmission combinations that 
require new tests. Adding staff or opening additional test facilities 
may help alleviate this issue. The LoNo test facilities at Ohio State 
University and Auburn University may be an option to help assist in the 
testing of traditional buses if allowed, which would shorten test 
delays.'' FTA's responded by stating, ``FTA acknowledges that 
improvements can be made in the application response process. In an 
effort to address these issues, this information is working on a web-
based test form for bus testing determinations and approvals with the 
purpose of not only improving request turn arounds, but increasing 
transparency where submitters will be provided real-time updates with 
the status of their applications. The purpose of the PRA is to provide 
an estimate of time burdens associated with the preparation of a 
determination and/or and approval request. The time burdens consider 
all the technical and legal advisors involved in the process of 
gathering information to prepare and submit an application. 
Unfortunately, addressing the duration of tests, how many tests are 
performed, and any modification to 49 CFR 665 is outside of the scope 
of this document. We appreciate MDOT's comments and encourage to submit 
any suggestions and/or recommended amendments following applicable 
protocols established in 49 CFR 601, ``Organization, Functions, and 
Procedures''. In addition, FTA will be hosting a Bus Maintenance and 
Bus Testing Peer-to-Peer Exchange in October 2019, to engage the 
vehicle manufacturers industry, encourage an open dialogue, and address 
areas of improvement within the Bus Testing Program. Accordingly, DOT 
announces that these information collection activities have been re-
evaluated and certified under 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and forwarded to OMB for 
review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12(c).
    Before OMB decides whether to approve these proposed collections of 
information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. 44 U.S.C. 
3507(b); 5 CFR 1320.12(d). Federal law requires OMB to approve or 
disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30-day 
notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b)-(c); 5 CFR 1320.12(d); see also 
60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes that the 30-day notice 
informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords 
the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a 
decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should 
submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication 
to best ensure having their full effect. 5 CFR 1320.12(c); see also 60 
FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995.
    The summaries below describe the nature of the information 
collection requirements (ICRs) and the expected burden. The 
requirements are being submitted for clearance by OMB as required by 
the PRA.
    Title: Bus Testing Program.
    OMB Control Number: 2132-0550.
    Type of Request: Renewal of a previously approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: 49 U.S.C. Section 5318(e) provides that Federal funds 
appropriated or otherwise made available under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 
[FTA funding] may not be obligated or expended for the acquisition of a 
new bus model unless a bus of that model has been tested for 
maintainability, reliability, safety, performance (including braking 
performance), structural integrity, fuel economy, emissions, and noise 
at a bus testing facility authorized under 49 U.S.C. Section 5318(a).
    At this time, there is one active Bus Testing Center operated by 
the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute of the 
Pennsylvania State University (LTI). LTI operates and maintains the 
Center under a cooperative agreement with FTA, and establishes and 
collects fees for the testing of the vehicles at the facility. Two 
additional bus testing facilities authorized to test low and no-
emission (LoNo) buses have been authorized by Congress. FTA is working 
with Auburn University and The Ohio State University to establish those 
facilities, which are not yet operational. The nature and quantity of 
the information that must be collected to operate the Bus Testing 
Program will not change significantly when these additional

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centers become operational. Auburn and Ohio State separately received 
appropriations to conduct testing of components for LoNo buses. Those 
projects are separate from Bus Testing and FTA does not expect them to 
affect the paperwork burden for the Bus Testing Program. Upon 
completion of the testing of the vehicle at the Center with a passing 
test score, a draft Bus Testing Report is provided to the manufacturer 
of the new bus model. If the manufacturer approves the Report for 
publication, the bus model becomes eligible for FTA funding. 49 CFR 
665.7 requires a recipient of FTA funds to certify that a bus model has 
been tested at the bus testing facility, that the bus model received a 
passing score, and that the recipient has a copy of the applicable Bus 
Testing Report(s) on a bus model before final acceptance of any buses 
of that model. Recipients are strongly encouraged to review the Bus 
Testing Report(s) relevant to a bus model before final acceptance and/
or selection of that bus model.
    Respondents: Bus manufacturers and recipients of FTA funds.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 60 (40 testing 
determination requirements requests at 32 hours each, 20 testing 
authorization requests at 32 hours each, 16 tests scheduled at 10 hours 
each, and 3 retest requests at 17 hours each).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 2,131 hours.
    Frequency: On Occasion.

Nadine Pembleton,
Director, Office of Management Planning.
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