60-Day Notice of Renewal for Information Collection: Request for Renewal of Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Testing Delays Annual Survey, 35496-35497 [2020-12567]

Download as PDF 35496 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 112 / Wednesday, June 10, 2020 / Notices Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: § 91.527(a). Description of Relief Sought: The Boeing Company (Boeing) petitioned for an exemption on the B777–9, B777–8 ‘‘777X’’ series aircraft from the requirement that ‘‘(n)o pilot may take off an airplane that has frost, ice, or snow adhering to any . . . wing . . .’’ when the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) has determined contamination commensurate with possible anti-icing fluid failure from a vertical orientation of the folding wingtips during treatment and taxi would not adversely affect the performance or controllability of the aircraft. This exemption will allow deicing and anti-icing of the 777X folding wingtip in the folded or extended position, required for Boeing operations under Special Flight Permits during the winter season. [FR Doc. 2020–12506 Filed 6–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0117] 60-Day Notice of Renewal for Information Collection: Request for Renewal of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Skills Testing Delays Annual Survey Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its renewal and invites public comment. This ICR is to collect data on the delays, by State, that applicants face when scheduling a CDL skills test. This information collection and subsequent data analysis is required by section 5506 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act). FMCSA reported the results of the initial ICR request in a report to congress titled ‘‘The Commercial Driver’s License Skills Test Delays Report to Congress—CY 2016’’ available on FMCSA’s web page located here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/mission/ policy/commercial-drivers-licenseskills-test-delays-report-congress-cy2016. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before August 10, 2020. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Jun 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket Number FMCSA- 2020–0117 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC, 20590–0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the Public Participation heading below. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets, or go to the street address listed above. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. Public Participation: The Federal eRulemaking Portal is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can obtain electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ‘‘help’’ section of the Federal eRulemaking Portal website. If you want us to notify you that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard, or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online. Comments received after the comment closing date will be included in the docket and will be considered to the extent practicable. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Michel, Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology/Research ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Division, Department of Transportation, FMCSA, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202–366–4354; email nicole.michel@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Section 5506 of the FAST Act requires FMCSA to produce a study on CDL skills test delays on an annual basis. The requirements of the study are to submit an annual report describing: ‘‘(A) the average wait time from the date an applicant requests to take a skills test to the date the applicant has the opportunity to complete such test; (B) the average wait time from the date an applicant, upon failure of a skills test, requests a retest to the date the applicant has the opportunity to complete such retest; (C) the actual number of qualified commercial driver’s license examiners available to test applicants; and (D) the number of testing sites available through the State department of motor vehicles and whether this number has increased or decreased from the previous year.’’ The annual report is also required to describe ‘‘specific steps the Administrator is taking to address skills testing delays in States that have average skills test or retest wait times of more than 7 days.’’ If this information collection does not occur, FMCSA will not be able to continue to conduct the study on CDL skills test delays. This data collection aims to continue to create longitudinal data where currently there is none. If the information collection occurs on a less-than-annual basis, FMCSA will not be able to make observations on yearly trends or analyze differences between States. For the initial 2017 survey FMCSA met with several stakeholders, including the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, and State Driver Licensing Agencies to ensure the information being collected was not already collected elsewhere and was not available to FMCSA. FMCSA conducted extensive background research to ensure the study was not duplicative. A previous study, done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2015, asked for similar information but did not produce specific enough data to be used in this study. The survey will continue to be sent out via email, with the option for online completion using SurveyMonkey® or Qualtrics. Each State can continue to respond via email or the online survey tool depending on which method is more convenient for the respondent. E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 112 / Wednesday, June 10, 2020 / Notices The welcome letter will continue to indicate that FMCSA prefers responses via the online survey tool. The information collected will continue to be published annually in a report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives. Title: Request for Renewal of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Skills Testing Delays Annual Survey. OMB Control Number: 2126–0065. Type of Request: Renewal. Respondents: State CDL Coordinators (one from each of the 50 States, and one from Washington, DC). Estimated Number of Respondents: 51. Estimated Time per Response: 2.3 hours (137.5 minutes). Expiration Date: February 28, 2019. Frequency of Response: Annually. Estimated Total Annual Burden: The annual burden is estimated to be no more than 2.3 hours (137.5 minutes) per respondent, which equates to 116.9 hours over the universe of 51 respondents. This estimate contains a maximum of 2 hours to gather information from State information systems, and an estimated maximum of 17.5 minutes to respond to the survey. While States that already track and report similar information may need much less than 2 hours to gather information, discussions with subject matter experts led to an agreement that 2 hours was a reasonable maximum time limit to use to estimate the maximum annual burden expected. The estimate time for survey completion was calculated using Versta Research’s methodology for calculating an estimate of survey length, where each question is given a number of points based on the estimated burden required to respond to the question (for example, simple multiple choice questions are 1 point, whereas short answer questions are 3 points per expected short phrase). The total number of points for all questions is then divided by eight (the number of simple questions a user can respond to online in 1 minute) to determine the estimate required length for finishing the survey. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the performance of FMCSA’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Jun 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 reducing the quality of the collected information. The Agency will summarize or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued under the authority of 49 CFR 1.87. Kenneth Riddle, Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration. [FR Doc. 2020–12567 Filed 6–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO or notice). AGENCY: This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program). This notice solicits applications for Partnership Program funds made available by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (2020 Appropriations Act) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (2019 Appropriations Act). The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.326, ‘‘Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair.’’ DATES: Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020. FRA will not consider applications for funding or supplemental material in support of an application received after 5:00 p.m. ET, on July 27, 2020 or incomplete applications for funding. See Section D of this notice for additional information on the application process. ADDRESSES: Applications must be submitted via www.Grants.gov. Only applicants who comply with all submission requirements described in this notice and submit applications through www.Grants.gov will be eligible for award. For any supporting application materials that an applicant is unable to submit via www.Grants.gov (such as oversized engineering drawings), an applicant may submit an original and two (2) copies to Bryan Rodda, Office of Policy and Planning, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35497 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W38–203, Washington, DC 20590. However, due to delays caused by enhanced screening of mail delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, applicants are advised to use other means of conveyance (such as courier service) to assure timely receipt of materials before the application deadline. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information related to this notice, please contact Mr. Bryan Rodda, Office of Policy and Planning, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W38–203, Washington, DC 20590; email: Bryan.Rodda@dot.gov; phone: 202–493– 0443, or Ms. Ruthie Americus, Office of Policy and Planning, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W36–403, Washington, DC 20590; email: Ruthie.Americus@dot.gov; phone: 202– 493–0431. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice to applicants: FRA recommends that applicants read this notice in its entirety prior to preparing application materials. Definitions of key terms used throughout the NOFO are provided in Section A(2). These key terms are capitalized throughout the NOFO. There are several administrative and eligibility requirements described herein with which applicants must comply. Additionally, applicants should note that the required Project Narrative component of the application package may not exceed 25 pages in length. Table of Contents: A. Program Description B. Federal Award Information C. Eligibility Information D. Application and Submission Information E. Application Review Information F. Federal Award Administration Information G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts H. Other Information A. Program Description 1. Overview The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for grants for Capital Projects within the United States to repair, replace, or rehabilitate Qualified Railroad Assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve Intercity Passenger Rail performance under the Partnership Program. The Partnership Program provides a Federal funding opportunity to leverage private, state, and local investments to improve significantly American rail infrastructure. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0117]


60-Day Notice of Renewal for Information Collection: Request for 
Renewal of Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Testing Delays 
Annual Survey

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA 
announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) 
described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its 
renewal and invites public comment. This ICR is to collect data on the 
delays, by State, that applicants face when scheduling a CDL skills 
test. This information collection and subsequent data analysis is 
required by section 5506 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation 
Act, 2015 (FAST Act). FMCSA reported the results of the initial ICR 
request in a report to congress titled ``The Commercial Driver's 
License Skills Test Delays Report to Congress--CY 2016'' available on 
FMCSA's web page located here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/mission/policy/commercial-drivers-license-skills-test-delays-report-congress-cy-2016.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before August 10, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket Number FMCSA- 2020-0117 using any of 
the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Operations; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC, 20590-0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 
docket number. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the exemption process, see the Public 
Participation heading below. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading 
below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the 
online instructions for accessing the dockets, or go to the street 
address listed above.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.
    Public Participation: The Federal eRulemaking Portal is available 
24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can obtain electronic 
submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ``help'' section 
of the Federal eRulemaking Portal website. If you want us to notify you 
that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, 
stamped envelope or postcard, or print the acknowledgement page that 
appears after submitting comments online. Comments received after the 
comment closing date will be included in the docket and will be 
considered to the extent practicable.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Michel, Office of Analysis, 
Research, and Technology/Research Division, Department of 
Transportation, FMCSA, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-366-4354; email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Section 5506 of the FAST Act 
requires FMCSA to produce a study on CDL skills test delays on an 
annual basis. The requirements of the study are to submit an annual 
report describing:
    ``(A) the average wait time from the date an applicant requests to 
take a skills test to the date the applicant has the opportunity to 
complete such test;
    (B) the average wait time from the date an applicant, upon failure 
of a skills test, requests a retest to the date the applicant has the 
opportunity to complete such retest;
    (C) the actual number of qualified commercial driver's license 
examiners available to test applicants; and
    (D) the number of testing sites available through the State 
department of motor vehicles and whether this number has increased or 
decreased from the previous year.''
    The annual report is also required to describe ``specific steps the 
Administrator is taking to address skills testing delays in States that 
have average skills test or retest wait times of more than 7 days.'' If 
this information collection does not occur, FMCSA will not be able to 
continue to conduct the study on CDL skills test delays. This data 
collection aims to continue to create longitudinal data where currently 
there is none. If the information collection occurs on a less-than-
annual basis, FMCSA will not be able to make observations on yearly 
trends or analyze differences between States.
    For the initial 2017 survey FMCSA met with several stakeholders, 
including the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the 
Commercial Vehicle Training Association, and State Driver Licensing 
Agencies to ensure the information being collected was not already 
collected elsewhere and was not available to FMCSA. FMCSA conducted 
extensive background research to ensure the study was not duplicative. 
A previous study, done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 
2015, asked for similar information but did not produce specific enough 
data to be used in this study.
    The survey will continue to be sent out via email, with the option 
for online completion using SurveyMonkey[supreg] or Qualtrics. Each 
State can continue to respond via email or the online survey tool 
depending on which method is more convenient for the respondent.

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The welcome letter will continue to indicate that FMCSA prefers 
responses via the online survey tool.
    The information collected will continue to be published annually in 
a report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of 
the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of 
the House of Representatives.
    Title: Request for Renewal of Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 
Skills Testing Delays Annual Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0065.
    Type of Request: Renewal.
    Respondents: State CDL Coordinators (one from each of the 50 
States, and one from Washington, DC).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 51.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2.3 hours (137.5 minutes).
    Expiration Date: February 28, 2019.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: The annual burden is estimated to be 
no more than 2.3 hours (137.5 minutes) per respondent, which equates to 
116.9 hours over the universe of 51 respondents. This estimate contains 
a maximum of 2 hours to gather information from State information 
systems, and an estimated maximum of 17.5 minutes to respond to the 
survey. While States that already track and report similar information 
may need much less than 2 hours to gather information, discussions with 
subject matter experts led to an agreement that 2 hours was a 
reasonable maximum time limit to use to estimate the maximum annual 
burden expected.
    The estimate time for survey completion was calculated using Versta 
Research's methodology for calculating an estimate of survey length, 
where each question is given a number of points based on the estimated 
burden required to respond to the question (for example, simple 
multiple choice questions are 1 point, whereas short answer questions 
are 3 points per expected short phrase). The total number of points for 
all questions is then divided by eight (the number of simple questions 
a user can respond to online in 1 minute) to determine the estimate 
required length for finishing the survey.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the performance of FMCSA's functions; (2) 
the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for FMCSA to enhance the 
quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) 
ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of 
the collected information. The Agency will summarize or include your 
comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information 
collection.

    Issued under the authority of 49 CFR 1.87.
Kenneth Riddle,
Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration.
[FR Doc. 2020-12567 Filed 6-9-20; 8:45 am]
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