Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New Information Collection Request: Beyond Compliance, 50875-50876 [2020-18014]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 160 / Tuesday, August 18, 2020 / Notices iteration of this ICR, it was assumed that all motor carriers were storing hard copy records offsite, which is less costly than storing hard copy records onsite due to reduced space requirements. In the current iteration of this ICR, FMCSA is assuming that (1) approximately 15 percent of motor carriers are storing their Accident Registers electronically, at no extra cost, and (2) approximately 85 percent of motor carriers are storing hard copy versions of their Accident Registers. FMCSA is further assuming that motor carriers that maintain paper records are storing their Accident Registers at their principal place of business, so that they have easy access to such records during an FMCSA investigation. This change in storage location increases the cost of storage, from $0.07 to $0.68 per accident recorded. While FMCSA is now assuming that some motor carriers are storing documents electronically at no extra cost, the overall number of responses has increased over prior years, overtaking the reduction in number of carriers storing hard copy records. On April 28, 2020, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice allowing for a 60-day comment period on this ICR. Two comments were received in response to this notice. The first respondent, Denise Quinehan, reported that she was involved in a level 4 motorcycle accident in 2016 and the driver that hit her had no insurance or registration. Four years after the accident she found that the reporting officer altered the crash report and that report was being used in other claims that resulted in identity fraud. She wrote that some limits of reports should not be released until the involved party has access to it. Second, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. concluded that ‘‘FMCSA will benefit from greater use of accident information, such as police accident reports, that support greater accuracy and fairer portrayal of a carrier’s safety practices. FMCSA could more effectively use its enforcement resources if it can better identify motor carriers who bore responsibility for commercial motor vehicle accidents.’’ Neither of the respondents addressed whether the proposed collection is necessary for the performance of FMCSA’s functions; the accuracy of the estimated burden; nor the ways the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 Aug 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 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. 2020–18013 Filed 8–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0328] Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New Information Collection Request: Beyond Compliance Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Transportation (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 review and approval. The primary purpose of the ICR is to assess the effectiveness of various technologies, programs, and policies on motor carrier safety performance in support of the implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) Beyond Compliance requirements. DATES: Please send your comments by September 17, 2020. OMB must receive your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Michel, Mathematical Statistician, Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology’s Research SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50875 Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 6th Floor, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Telephone: 202–366–4354; Email Address: Nicole.michel@dot.gov. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Beyond Compliance. OMB Control Number: 2126–00XX. Type of Request: New information collection. Respondents: Motor carrier operational managers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 112 participating carriers and 113 nonparticipating carriers. Estimated Time per Response: 70 minutes (5 minutes to read email invite, 10 minutes for webinar, 5 minutes to read instructions, 40 minutes to respond to actual survey, 5 minutes for reminder email 1, 5 minutes for reminder email 2). Expiration Date: N/A. This is a new information collection. Frequency of Response: Once. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 150 hours [(225 email invitation respondents × 5 minutes) + (112 webinar respondents × 10 minutes) + (112 survey instruction respondents × 5) + (112 survey respondents × 40 minutes) + (225 email reminder #1 respondents × 5 minutes) + (113 email reminder #2 respondents × 5 minutes)]. Background FMCSA requests OMB’s review and approval of a new ICR to implement the Beyond Compliance Program, required by Section 5222 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) (Pub. L. 114–94, 129 Stat. 1312, Dec. 4, 2015). The FAST Act requires FMCSA to allow recognition, including credit or an improved Safety Measurement System (SMS) percentile, for motor carriers that: (1) Install advanced safety equipment; (2) use enhanced driver fitness measures; (3) adopt fleet safety management tools, technologies, and programs; or (4) satisfy other standards determined appropriate by the Administrator. The FAST Act also requires the FMCSA Administrator to carry out the Beyond Compliance provisions through: (1) Developing a process for identifying elements of technology and safety programs as a basis for recognition; (2) seeking input from stakeholders; (3) using a third party for a monitoring program; and (4) providing a report to Congress. E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 50876 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 160 / Tuesday, August 18, 2020 / Notices The primary purpose of the ICR is to assess the effectiveness of various technologies, programs, and policies on motor carrier safety performance in support of the implementation of the FAST Act Beyond Compliance requirements. To accomplish this, the study will complete the following three objectives: (1) Identify high-performing carriers in terms of safety performance. (2) Determine the safety technologies, programs, and policies employed by these carriers. (3) Gauge the relative effectiveness of those safety technologies, programs, and policies based on the expert opinion and performance metrics of the high performing carriers. The data being collected for this study consists of responses from a select group of motor carriers on the most effective technologies, programs, and policies for achieving safe operations. The study does not attempt to conduct a full survey of the motor carrier population. Instead, it relies on expert opinion from carriers that are objectively determined to exhibit safe operations that exceed industry averages as indicated by driver out-of-service rates, vehicle out-ofservice rates, and crash rates. To identify these carriers, the study will utilize existing data from the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) database. FMCSA will collect data through an electronic survey of a panel of industry experts. The experts will be recruited from motor carriers who have safety performance records that are better than national averages. These carriers will be identified by examining Department of Transportation-reportable crash rates, driver out-of-service rates at roadside inspections, and vehicle out-of-service rates at roadside inspections. Only those carriers that perform near the top quartile across all three categories are potential participants. Participants would first be invited to participate in an online webinar that explains the evaluation design (i.e., analytic hierarchy process, or AHP). AHP is a tool for dealing with complex decision-making that employs a series of structured, pairwise comparisons in which respondents must express a preference for one alternative over another according to various evaluation criteria. Participants may not know how to proceed through the pairwise comparisons. Instead of solely relying on written instructions to explain to participants how to complete the survey, the project team believes it would be useful to conduct an information session via a webinar so an example can be provided and any VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 Aug 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 questions answered. The webinar would be conducted multiple times and participants would be given the option to select the one that best suits their schedules. In addition to the webinar, an online video would be made available to participants that explains the AHP. Once participants complete the webinar, they will be given a link to complete the survey online using an online survey tool such as Survey Monkey or Qualtrics. In the context of Beyond Compliance, the AHP-based survey would work by presenting experts with alternatives for what an ideal safety program looks like and allowing them to systematically compare the major elements of these programs. The survey results would then be analyzed to determine the safety program elements that were most frequently scored the highest across participants. The resulting information would reveal the elements of safety programs that these motor carriers are using and their achieved results and what these motor carriers believe to be the most effective for achieving safety and should be included in a Beyond Compliance program. In addition to those carriers invited by FMCSA to participate in the survey, FMCSA will also be reaching out to the National Association of Small Trucking Companies and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association to invite them to voluntarily survey members as a supplemental data collection to the structured design. This would enable greater participation by smaller carriers and owner-operators, and would also enable a wider perspective of responses. The results of the data collection will be analyzed and integrated into the pilot study report. Data collection will be completed within 90 days of the end of the pilot program period and followed by a statistical analysis in 180 days. Both descriptive and analytical methods will be employed during the data analysis. The results of the study will be documented in a technical report that will be delivered to and maintained by FMCSA. This report will be available to the public on the FMCSA website, at www.fmcsa.dot.gov. The contents of the technical report will be utilized in developing the report that FMCSA is required to provide to Congress, pursuant to Section 5222 of the FAST Act. 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 FMCSA to perform its functions; (2) the accuracy of the PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 estimated burden; (3) ways for the 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. Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87. Kenneth Riddle, Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration. [FR Doc. 2020–18014 Filed 8–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0081] Inspection, Repair and Maintenance; Inspector Qualifications; Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Application for an Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its decision to grant Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) application for a limited 5-year exemption to allow individuals who complete a training program consistent with a set of Intermodal Recommended Practices (IRPs) and associated requirements that has been developed by IANA to be considered a qualified inspector or qualified brake inspector for intermodal equipment (IME) under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), in lieu of having one year of training or experience or a combination thereof prior to becoming a certified inspector/brake inspector. The Agency has determined that granting the exemption to allow individuals who complete a performance-based training program consistent with the IRPs and associated requirements developed by IANA, instead of the time-based training and experience requirements specified in the FMCSRs, would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation. DATES: This exemption is effective August 18, 2020 and ending August 18, 2025. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Luke Loy, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety, MC–PSV, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0328]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New 
Information Collection Request: Beyond Compliance

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 
Transportation (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 review 
and approval. The primary purpose of the ICR is to assess the 
effectiveness of various technologies, programs, and policies on motor 
carrier safety performance in support of the implementation of the 
Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) Beyond 
Compliance requirements.

DATES: Please send your comments by September 17, 2020. OMB must 
receive your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Michel, Mathematical 
Statistician, Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology's Research 
Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, 6th Floor, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001. Telephone: 202-366-4354; Email Address: 
[email protected]. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Beyond Compliance.
    OMB Control Number: 2126-00XX.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Respondents: Motor carrier operational managers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 112 participating carriers and 113 
non-participating carriers.
    Estimated Time per Response: 70 minutes (5 minutes to read email 
invite, 10 minutes for webinar, 5 minutes to read instructions, 40 
minutes to respond to actual survey, 5 minutes for reminder email 1, 5 
minutes for reminder email 2).
    Expiration Date: N/A. This is a new information collection.
    Frequency of Response: Once.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 150 hours [(225 email invitation 
respondents x 5 minutes) + (112 webinar respondents x 10 minutes) + 
(112 survey instruction respondents x 5) + (112 survey respondents x 40 
minutes) + (225 email reminder #1 respondents x 5 minutes) + (113 email 
reminder #2 respondents x 5 minutes)].

Background

    FMCSA requests OMB's review and approval of a new ICR to implement 
the Beyond Compliance Program, required by Section 5222 of the Fixing 
America's Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) (Pub. L. 114-94, 
129 Stat. 1312, Dec. 4, 2015).
    The FAST Act requires FMCSA to allow recognition, including credit 
or an improved Safety Measurement System (SMS) percentile, for motor 
carriers that: (1) Install advanced safety equipment; (2) use enhanced 
driver fitness measures; (3) adopt fleet safety management tools, 
technologies, and programs; or (4) satisfy other standards determined 
appropriate by the Administrator.
    The FAST Act also requires the FMCSA Administrator to carry out the 
Beyond Compliance provisions through: (1) Developing a process for 
identifying elements of technology and safety programs as a basis for 
recognition; (2) seeking input from stakeholders; (3) using a third 
party for a monitoring program; and (4) providing a report to Congress.

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    The primary purpose of the ICR is to assess the effectiveness of 
various technologies, programs, and policies on motor carrier safety 
performance in support of the implementation of the FAST Act Beyond 
Compliance requirements.
    To accomplish this, the study will complete the following three 
objectives:
    (1) Identify high-performing carriers in terms of safety 
performance.
    (2) Determine the safety technologies, programs, and policies 
employed by these carriers.
    (3) Gauge the relative effectiveness of those safety technologies, 
programs, and policies based on the expert opinion and performance 
metrics of the high performing carriers.
    The data being collected for this study consists of responses from 
a select group of motor carriers on the most effective technologies, 
programs, and policies for achieving safe operations. The study does 
not attempt to conduct a full survey of the motor carrier population. 
Instead, it relies on expert opinion from carriers that are objectively 
determined to exhibit safe operations that exceed industry averages as 
indicated by driver out-of-service rates, vehicle out-of-service rates, 
and crash rates. To identify these carriers, the study will utilize 
existing data from the Motor Carrier Management Information System 
(MCMIS) database.
    FMCSA will collect data through an electronic survey of a panel of 
industry experts. The experts will be recruited from motor carriers who 
have safety performance records that are better than national averages. 
These carriers will be identified by examining Department of 
Transportation-reportable crash rates, driver out-of-service rates at 
roadside inspections, and vehicle out-of-service rates at roadside 
inspections. Only those carriers that perform near the top quartile 
across all three categories are potential participants.
    Participants would first be invited to participate in an online 
webinar that explains the evaluation design (i.e., analytic hierarchy 
process, or AHP). AHP is a tool for dealing with complex decision-
making that employs a series of structured, pairwise comparisons in 
which respondents must express a preference for one alternative over 
another according to various evaluation criteria. Participants may not 
know how to proceed through the pairwise comparisons. Instead of solely 
relying on written instructions to explain to participants how to 
complete the survey, the project team believes it would be useful to 
conduct an information session via a webinar so an example can be 
provided and any questions answered. The webinar would be conducted 
multiple times and participants would be given the option to select the 
one that best suits their schedules. In addition to the webinar, an 
online video would be made available to participants that explains the 
AHP.
    Once participants complete the webinar, they will be given a link 
to complete the survey online using an online survey tool such as 
Survey Monkey or Qualtrics. In the context of Beyond Compliance, the 
AHP-based survey would work by presenting experts with alternatives for 
what an ideal safety program looks like and allowing them to 
systematically compare the major elements of these programs. The survey 
results would then be analyzed to determine the safety program elements 
that were most frequently scored the highest across participants. The 
resulting information would reveal the elements of safety programs that 
these motor carriers are using and their achieved results and what 
these motor carriers believe to be the most effective for achieving 
safety and should be included in a Beyond Compliance program.
    In addition to those carriers invited by FMCSA to participate in 
the survey, FMCSA will also be reaching out to the National Association 
of Small Trucking Companies and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers 
Association to invite them to voluntarily survey members as a 
supplemental data collection to the structured design. This would 
enable greater participation by smaller carriers and owner-operators, 
and would also enable a wider perspective of responses.
    The results of the data collection will be analyzed and integrated 
into the pilot study report. Data collection will be completed within 
90 days of the end of the pilot program period and followed by a 
statistical analysis in 180 days. Both descriptive and analytical 
methods will be employed during the data analysis. The results of the 
study will be documented in a technical report that will be delivered 
to and maintained by FMCSA. This report will be available to the public 
on the FMCSA website, at www.fmcsa.dot.gov. The contents of the 
technical report will be utilized in developing the report that FMCSA 
is required to provide to Congress, pursuant to Section 5222 of the 
FAST Act.
    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 FMCSA to perform its functions; (2) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the 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.

    Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87.
Kenneth Riddle,
Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration.
[FR Doc. 2020-18014 Filed 8-17-20; 8:45 am]
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